The 'Uli 'Uli are colorful gourd rattles used in certain hula dances. The gourd is hollowed out and ali'i poe seeds are put inside to make the rattle sound. Decorative red feathers surround a yellow feather center, making the 'Uli 'Uli one of the most recognizable hula instruments.
This week's piece depicts two dancers who become one with the instrument. I wanted the entire painting to embody the sensual feathers of the 'Uli 'Uli. The dancers are a flurry of red and yellow, as their skirts, hair, and skin become the instrument. The concept seemed perfect for the second installment in the abstract hula series.
The 'Uli 'Uli instrument:
This week's piece:
"'Uli 'Uli" by Renee Coates. Oil on canvas, 6" x 6".