Mere is from Lautoka, on the Western side of Fiji. She began as an artist at the Oceania Centre in February, 2015.
The floods and changes of her environment over the past five years have shifted her perspective on climate change, its effects and our personal responsibilities. Inspired by interaction with the world around her, Mere is constantly changing her subject matter.
Mere’s media of choice are drawing, painting, photography and editing. She is interested in manipulating size, perspective and the context of images through her photography and editing, challenging the viewer’s understanding of the world.
She uses intricate detail and repetitive patterns within her drawing and painting, appropriating traditional patterns into her contemporary form.
Currently living in Ba, Mere commutes five hours by bus to USP. The distance means Mere works both at home and in a studio at the Oceania Centre. She has a strong belief that “everything starts at home” and is glad to expose her three young daughters to the world of creativity. Mere is a firm believer that everyone holds creative potential but must find their personal style of expression.
“You don't need to have training in arts to be an artist.”