Maryann Talia Pau was born in Samoa and raised in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. She is a maker of ‘Pasifika bling’ and co-founder of the Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle and Super Native Unlimited. Her weaving practice is based on exchange and collaboration, and in 2012 she founded One Million Stars to End Violence, an international weaving project that invited the public to weave one million stars as symbols of light and peace. The Museum of Brisbane presented the final installation in King George Square during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

She has recently collaborated with Ranu James, a Papua New Guinea/Australian artist, on; an installation called Holding Space for a group exhibition A Fierce Hope, at Adderton House, and; a children’s activity for Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), to coincide with the exhibition Island Fashion, in which both artists are exhibiting works. She was part of Melbourne Now at the NGV in 2013 and the SaVAge K’lub, Asia Pacific Trienniel QAGOMA 2016, curated by Rosanna Raymond.

Maryann says: “Every work comes from love. In love, there is grace, forgiveness and healing.”

Main Image
Mo lo'u tama. (Samoan) For my dad. 2009
breastplate
Pandanus, feathers, shell, satin ribbon, cotton
Photo: Steven Rhall