Tyla Vaeau Ta’ufo’ou
Sina ma le Tuna (2012)
Ink and colour pencil on paper, 280x230mm, framed
Tyla Vaeau Ta’ufo’ou is a visual artist and tatau practitioner of Samoan (Sale’a’aumua, Aleipata and Safune, Savai’i) and Pakeha descent. In 2009 she graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA in Art History and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Since then she has continued to develop her tatau practice, currently working at Karanga Ink – a Maori, Pacific, Indigenous tattoo studio. Tyla also recently completed a Masters of Arts in Art History focussing on contemporary Samoan tatau as intertwined with notions of travel and migration. Working in a variety of areas, Tyla’s practice explores cross-sections between representation, tatau, diasporic identity and cultural heritage.