From Stars to Stars: An Indigenous Perspective on Human Evolution belongs to Solomon Enos’ larger body of work POLYFANTASTICA, an indigenous science fiction narrative that begins with the question: “What would have happened if we [Native Hawaiians] hadn’t been discovered?”
From Stars to Stars revolves around the idea that humans will eventually expand out into the universe and thus must physically evolve in complex ways. The 11 painted portraits are beings descended from Earth’s Polynesian voyaging cultures that millennia from now have adapted to a life that treats galaxies like islands. From a far, they appear humanoid and sculptural; up close they become gaseous and deeply microbiological. Hung on roofing paper scrolls, they could be honored ancestors, which cleverly loops Enos’ sci-fi narrative back on itself. As the Hawaiians say, “The past holds the future.” Enos offers a series of alternative narratives for each work, which compels viewers to devise their own interpretations.
From Stars to Stars: An Indigenous Perspective on Human Evolution, 2012, acrylic, enamel, china markers on asphalt saturated felt, 36" (w) x 108" (t)
Installation views from BIENNIAL X, Honolulu Museum of Art. Photos by Shuzo Uemoto.