LAURIE SUMIYE - 2022 Palila Portraits Calendar

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9in x 12in

January 2022 - January 2023

"Palila Portraits" takes inspiration of my film practice, animating and directing my first feature documentary, A PARADISE LOST ( An animated Hawaiian bird tells their story as the first animal to sue to save its kind from extinction. One person I interviewed told me that there are an only about 1,000 Palila birds left. In response, I decided to manifest more birds into existence simply by painting them. The 2x3' paintings make single birds human-sized, subtly referencing traditional portraiture as unique individuals on the level of same importance as humans subjects.

ABOUT THE SPECIES: Palila (Loxioides bailleui) is a critically endangered Hawaiian songbird which lives on the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, and the last of the finch-billed species of Hawaiian honeycreeper. Palila is symbolic for the uphill battle for all endemic Hawaiian birds; more than half have already gone extinct. Of what remains, 75% are endangered or threatened.

Laurie Sumiye is an artist whose work about Hawaiian endangered species explores the interconnectedness of nature, place, and humans. She has exhibited her artwork in New York, Los Angeles, and internationally in the UK, Brazil and S. Africa, and screened her award-winning films at DOCNYC, BAMcinemaFest and PS1MoMA.
Laurie was awarded residencies and fellowships with Sundance Institute, Firelight Documentary Lab, Blue Mountain Center, Digital Artist Studios (N. Ireland), Sacatar Institute (Brazil) and Artfunkl (UK) & UnionDocs Center for Documentary Arts. Laurie received an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from CUNY Hunter College, BA in Art & BS
in Communications from Bradley University, and studied art at Instituto Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence and Pratt Institute in New York. She lives and works in Mililani, Hawaii.