Yuliana Kusumastuti (Australia)
Title: Finding Me
Medium: acrylic, batik (fabric) and string on A4 linen
Size: 21 x 29cm
acrylic, batik (fabric), string, on A4 linen
The uncertain event of lockdown and life brings back all the memories. One of those memories of motherhood when I remember my mum, and when I have my own children. It is a personal story. That’s my story. The story of motherhood, the story of my identity that lives with me forever. It is a personal story of batik clothes that I used to carry my son in batik shawl when he was a baby. It is handmade by a farmer from the small village in Java. The batik was handed down from his grandmother.
Instead of feeling upset, I find the post pandemic is to celebrate our life journey, by bright colours and flowers with the gold string.
My experiences in the arts stretches from writing about arts and culture as a young journalist in Indonesia, followed by the curation and organization of art exhibitions. I hold a Master’s degree in Arts, I am an emerging artist, recently chosen as gallery finalist for a competition in Brisbane.
Myy art practice is a merger of my past childhood in Indonesia and my present adult self in Australia. I use materials that reinforce in my studio practice, such as batik (fabric) or anything relate to my cultural identity. I am doing my ongoing project employ Indonesian and Australian postcards, also Indonesian and Australian Calendar of iconic places as the medium of my studio practice (paintings and installation art).