Happy Islander is a response to this quote by Karen Stevenson (i). As time moves on the unease of the smile becomes heavy. The smile is used in order to assert the uncomfortable position of the exoticised other.
(i) Stevenson, K. (2008). The Frangipani Is Dead, Contemporary Pacific Art in New Zealand. Wellington, Aoteroa New Zealand: Huia publishers.
This work is discussed by the artist on CIRCUIT Cast 84