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 -
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
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