Crispin Howarth, with Kirk Huffman
May 2013 - National Gallery of Australia
Kastom: Arts of Vanuatu showcases an impressive array of traditional arts through a program of field collecting occurred on the islands of Ambrym and Malakula. Central to many traditional practices, better known as 'kastom,' are masked performances and displays of sculpture including iconic upright slit drums. A selection of these intensely visual works created for ritual events realized in wood, over-modeled with clay, feathers, pig tusks, stone and other surprising mediums such as tree fern...