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Statement, Biography & CV.

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Art for me, is a way of expressing ideas and responding to what is happening in real life.

Inspiration comes from within my community, from where I live, work, learn and play. Creating art is a process of exploring and deepening my understanding of the many diverse ways in which people interact with the world.  These interactions are sometimes brutal and at other times beautiful.

I am also inspired by Indonesian political artists, the German Dada movement, Mexican muralists, and graphic artists from early 20th century Europe. I am further inspired by antiauthoritarian, DIY (do-it-yourself), and punk philosophies.

The cultural, environmental, social, and political systems within which I live provide endless avenues for exploration.  In Indonesia where I was born, I have seen sexism, violence, abuse of power, patriarchy, corruption, poverty and environmental destruction.  I also see in Indonesia a strong sense of family and community, strong cultural traditions and rituals and a fertile environmental landscape.  In Australia I see many rules, unemployment, selfish individualism, detention centers, racism toward indigenous people, violence, alcoholism and environmental devastation.  In Australia I have also been inspired by the level of respect and tolerance shown toward the diversity of cultural backgrounds, ideas, political and religious philosophies, as well as sexual orientation that coexist here in relative harmony.  The belief in equality between men and women has also been inspiring and above all the freedom to openly express ideas has been immensely liberating.

I use a range of different techniques in my art works including oil and acrylic paints, ball point pen on paper and canvas, pencil, charcoal and pastels on paper, collage, stencil, etching, woodcut , linocut, wood-carving, resin and scrap metal.

My work I hope, can contribute to the development of critical thought and debate, new ideas and new ways of relating to the world and to each other.

Born in Solo, Java, Indonesia, 1974.

I come from Solo in Central Java, Indonesia.  Solo is home to the Sultan’s palace and is rich with local traditions, myths and Islamic religion.  I grew up in a tight, communal community of immediate and extended family built on sharing and helping one another.  The society within which we lived was controlled by a military dictatorship which was oppressive, violent, sexist and unjust.

In 1994 I moved to Yogyakarta, and in 1995 I began a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in print making at the Indonesian Institute of Art.  In 1998 I was involved in establishing the art collective Taring Padi (fang of the rice plant).  This collective was formed by artists and activists to explore and critique the world we live in.  We used art as a tool for social change and as a way to share and explore political ideas, communicate with others and build new and creative ways of living.

My work has been exhibited in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand,the US, Germany, Spain, France, the Netherlands and Australia.

In 2002 I decided to live in Australia with my partner Jade. In Australia I found a place to learn and explore more through my art to understand the culture and environment around where I live.

In 2007 I completed my Diploma of Fine Art , Lismore TAFE Australia

I am interested in social, political issues within the context of place. My process of making art involves much research into place, where people live and how they understand and survive the world around them.

The process of making art allows me to explore and deepen my understanding of different cultures and different ways in which people survive and enjoy life in this world.

Solo Exhibitions

2011 The Nature of The Beast, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, NSW
Sick of Your Greed, Next Gallery, Souther Cross University, Lismore, NSW
2010 In the Service of Nature, 4A Gallery, Sydney
Humanity Lost, Casula Powerhouse, Western Sydney
2008 Between Industry and the Earth, Sika Gallery, Ubud, Bali
Dalam Bayangan Sang Leviathan, Langgeng Icon Gallery, Jakarta
2006 Industrial Dyspepsia, Mori Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
Drawing Days, Café Giulia, Sydney, NSW
2005 Mencari Damai, Via-Via, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2004 About Feeling, Fire in the Belly, Lismore, NSW
1998 Arah Berlingkung, Studio Bosan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Legacy of Power, Artjog,Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta

Protest Song, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, NSW

2012 Lihat Disana, Gallery Cipta, TIM, Jakarta
2011 Maximum City, Jakarta Biennale, National Gallery , Jakarta
Cores Para o Planeta, museu da Cidade, Lisboa, Madrid
Couleurs Pour la Planete, maison de I’UNESCO, Salles Miro, Place de Fontenoy, Paris

2010 Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, Regional Gallery, Lismore
Colors For The Planet, UNESCO Art Camp, Ordino, Andorra
Un projet Andorran de Difersite Culturelle, Centre de’Etudes Catalanes, Paris, France

2009 Never Ending Courage, Conference Bird Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
IVAA Archive AID, National Gallery, Jakarta
2008 The New Millennium. Lismore Regional Gallery. Lismore, NSW
888. China Heights Gallery, Sydney
2007 The Asian Australian Artists Association 10th Annual Member Exhibition, 4A Gallery, Sydney
SISA, UTS Gallery, Sydney
Indonesia: Contemporary Arts Now. Nadi Gallery, Jakarta
Threshold of Tolerance (print making collaboration), School of Arts Gallery, ANU, Canberra
If you see something say something, Gallery 4A and Mori Gallery, Sydney
2006 Sedulur Gempa, Goethe Institute Jakarta, Indonesia
Podho-Podho, Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, Sydney
2005 International Bienale, Jakarta
Ayo Ngguyu, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta
2004 New Work from Java, Labour Club, Sydney
2002 Adelaide Festival of Art, Adelaide
Art Against the Machine, 24 Hours: Contemporary Art Gallery, Darwin
Taring Padi, Monash University, Melbourne
Berdua di 2002, Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta
2001 Gelar Budaya Kerakyatan, Gampingan 1, Yogyakarta
2000 Pink Project, Nadi Gallery, Jakarta

1999 Pancaroba Indonesia, Pacific Bridge: Contemporary Asian Art Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Yogyakarta Biennale, Purna Budaya, Yogyakarta

Awards

2010 Stan and Maureen Duke Art Prize (people’s choice winner) Gold Coast City Art Gallery
2007 Southern Cross Arts Festival (people’s choice winner) Ballina. NSW
2004 The Shirley Kennedy Encouragement Awards, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD
Living Regional Treasure Art Prize (first prize) Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW

Reproduced/Film

2007 Indonesian Contemporary Art Now, SNP International, Singapore
2006 Gang Ways, Film documentary by Carli Leimbach and Bill Leimbach, Australia
2005 Le Banian, Published Indonesian-French Association: Pasar Malam, Paris,France
2002 Indonesia: Art, Activism And Rock’N’ Roll, film by The House of Red Monkey, Australia
2001 Keringat Mutiara, Putu Oka Sukanta, Lumbung Press, Yogyakarta
2000 Art Asia Pacific, Issue 28, 2000