Nanea Lum: Eia Ke Kumu

April 27, 2021 - May 9, 2021
Mānoa Campus, Art Building, Commons Gallery Add to Calendar

Nanea Lum, Master of Fine Arts 2021 candidate from the Department of Art & Art History, UHM, presents a selection of recent work.

Event: April 29, 2021, 12:00–1:15 pm: Talk among artists Ava Fedorov, Nanea Lum, and Jenna Macy, in conjunction with their MFA Thesis virtual exhibitions and their solo Commons Gallery shows throughout April and May (641 863 5286; Passcode: Manoa2021)

The Commons Gallery, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM), is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Nanea Lum, the second solo exhibition of the exhibition series of recent works by UHM MFA 2021 candidates.

Writes artist Nanea Lum: “'Eia Ke Kumu,' 2021, is a ceremonial creation of artworks that honor the materiality and spirituality of the ‘aina of Manoa. The components of the word ‘ai-na mean that which feeds. ‘aina is all the living forces and features of the natural world which sustain life in the consumption and production of energy. ‘aina is a concept of a relationship to the land which also includes thinking about identity and belonging.

“This work is my navigation of place, a methodology of making connections, and meaning as a Kanaka artist. Manoa in its role as Kumu in the place setting of my education teaches a process of becoming centered spiritually, materially responsible, and navigating through ambiguity with a methodology. 'Eia Ke Kumu' also translates to: here is the reason; the lesson, the beginning, the teacher, and the main stalk of a tree. The essential thesis question posed; He aha ke kumu i keia? What is the beginning, the lesson, the reason here? . . . "

Native Hawaiian artist Nanea Lum is based in Honolulu. Her research-based practice ranges from kapa (beaten bark fiber materials of the Hawaiian wauke) to large-scale oil paintings. She is a University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Department of Art and Art History MFA '21 and BFA '14. The recipient of multiple awards, she is the current coordinator of the Creative Artist Network HI with the Hawai'i Arts Alliance, an advocate for artist’s networks to provide resources and opportunities to support artists who are permanent residents of the Hawaiian Islands.

*Currently the UH Manoa campus is open to the campus community but closed to the general public due to the pandemic. Please check for more info. Due to covid-19 restrictions this exhibition will be viewable from outside the gallery.

Dates and information subject to change.

Image: Nanea Lum, "Weliweli," (detail)

Ticket Information
Following COVID-19 protocols. Gallery hours: Viewable from outside. Parking fees may apply during weekdays; parking is usually free on Sundays.

Event Sponsor
Art & Art History, Mānoa Campus

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