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BATIK: ANCIENT ART AS RELEVANT AS TODAY

The Art: These acrylic paintings on canvas were inspired by various sources:  from antique Indonesian batik images and contemporary events to Aboriginal designs and the bright colors of Matisse paintings. Acrylic paint of various shades was applied dot by dot, line by line, and brushstroke by brushstroke to fill the canvas until no space was left untouched. I find the process of applying dots and lines to be meditative and very much a representation of living -- each second accumulates into minutes, each step adds up to a complete journey. In this collection you will find references to traditional imagery like wings that represent the Indonesian garuda, a bird-like creature that carries Vishnu, the god of war and life through the heavens, the Thai naga, the mythical underwater snake, and Aboriginal symbols relating to the earth. Other images are of my personal perspective on contemporary events: the recent San Diego fire, the political unrest in Thailand, and the death of a favorite writer.

The Artist: Sarina Dahlan-Dann was born in Bangkok, Thailand to a third generation Indonesian family. She credits her unique perspective to having grown up next to a mosque in a Javanese enclave in the middle of a Buddhist metropolis, and later in the California desert where she moved to at the age of twelve. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with degrees in Visual Arts and Psychology and has since been enjoying a fifteen year career in advertising and marketing.  Her memories of the hundred-year-old art-filled house she grew up in, the vibrant Indonesian Muslim culture that coexists alongside Buddhist temples, the rich Thai and American history, and her travels formed a tapestry that informed her artistic style and choices. Sarina currently resides in  the Mt. Helix community of La Mesa, in an area once known as an artist colony. San Diego is where she calls home.

The Inspiration: While visiting my family in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2012 , I fell in love with the Javanese tradition of batik and the immense amount of work that goes into it. Artists patiently cover an intricate design on a piece of cloth with wax, then dip it in a dye, reapply the wax to areas they wish to remain in the first color or scrape off the wax in areas they wish to change color, dip it in another dye bath, and repeat the process multiple times. Then the fabric is placed in boiling water to remove all the many layers of wax designs that were painstaking applied to achieve the final product.  The "dotting" process, the most time consuming part, is what inspired me. I thought "wouldn't it be nice to preserve these dots instead of melting them away?" The collection "Javanese Pointillism" reflects my desire to preserve what was meant to be transitory.



 
 
 
 
 

It's official! My first ever solo art show will be on 7/11 6:30pm @ Gallery
La Mesa/Rick's Custom Framing in
La Mesa.

 
 
 
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