Houses and settlements always show themselves as useful means of encoding information. About the people who dwell in them,the social structure of a society and it expresses the relationship between the house and the nature of the world it is in.
In Indonesia it’s not just a shelter but a social,symbolic place.
That’s why I am fascinated by the varieties of structures. Indonesia is a huge diverse archipelago. It is one that can not be forgotten either,in this fast changing world.
It is my need to capture the beauty of these traditions which form the subject matter of my recent paintings,which I come to learn about the social worlds and their creators.
Also interesting is the study of the styles of architecture which have developed in the communities and spread to other islands. And how very few parts of South East Asia,buildings are set on the ground,though the more we move east it seems to fade out in Polynesia.
About space and the shaping,how the symbolic opposition between ‘male ‘ and ‘female’,which is aligned. Compared with the contrast of another village layout where the men’s ritual house is in the centre,and the periphery is the gardens and women’s menstruation huts.
Mythology dictates these structures and the integrations of body space with cosmic space.
Once destroyed,these traditions can never be re-created,that is why I need to capture their living beauty and create a memory so that it may live on in my work.
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Archipelago mapping 1
Archipelago mapping 2 acrylic,pencil,collage marine maps on canvas 120cm x 280cm 2013