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Now Batik

During a cold winter night in 2016, my mind constructed a fascinating visual image which could be likened to a semèn design found on batik cloth. What immediately drew me to this rendition was its translucent quality; the design appeared to float just above a two-dimensional surface, and if I concentrated on the image for long enough, the elements in the design appeared to move. I attempted to capture the essence of the design right after, which led to the creation of Chubby Bunny.

Chubby Bunny

Chubby Bunny

Acrylic on canvas, 25 x 25 inches, 2016

This initiated an ongoing interest with the textile tradition of Batik in Bali and Java, which I was first exposed to through Prof. Maria McGowan's Arts of Southeast Asia. I discovered that Batik patterns such as the Ceplok and Kawung motifs are grounded in Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic iconography.

Floating Finches

Floating Finches

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2016

Through my own syncretic upbringing, I was aware of the meanings of certain pictograms, including representations of Mount Meru and Vishnu’s Garuda. My love for Hindu and Buddhist mythology made Batik a fascinating topic to unravel, and the allusions to a cosmic universe solidified this tradition as my next research subject.

Grey Goat

Grey Goat

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2016

Perturbed Hyena

Perturbed Hyena

Acrylic on unstretched polyester fabric, 54 x 108 inches, 2018

Pious Mongoose

Pious Mongoose

Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 54 x 108 inches, 2017

Placid Oxen

Placid Oxen

Acrylic on canvas, 50x 70 inches, 2016

Sacred Swallow

Sacred Swallow

Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2016

Saucy Turtles

Saucy Turtles

Acrylic on canvas, 35 x 50 inches, 2016

Naked Wallaby

Naked Wallaby

Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2018

Hiding Hedgehog

Hiding Hedgehog

Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 54 x 144 inches, 2017