I'm so glad to have a chance to visit Bali for the first time of my life and being residency artist under Ketemu's Residency. Bali is full of beautiful cultures, rich in nature and the most remarkable thing is the people are very kind and friendly.
In working towards the Merayakan Murni exhibition, I became Ketemu Project Space's curator-in-resident. That period was mostly researching for the project, including gaining a better understanding of the Bali society and art ecology. I couldn't have asked for a better launchpad into understanding the Bali art ecology. The team at Ketemu Project Space were open, dedicated and full of energy, and therefore easily eased me into relating to the environment I suddenly parachuted in. Furthermore, it is these qualities coupled with a passion for nurturing a critical discursive space that were a crucial fuel in driving the Merayakan Murni project.
With my works for Merayakan Murni, I bring together to the contemporary a mishmash of the intimacies of botany, Bali and juxtapositions of the sensual, the ripe fecundity of Tropical, the heat, the sickening malaise and languor, not just for a nature that comes pre-empted by the holiday maker turn of thought, swaying palm trees in the sun, but by a wet sticky vaccine-induced, mystical low-fare airline paddy-field dreamscape. I’m now contrasting by fake flowers, the artifice. Everyone is complicit to all upheld the idea of the Tropical Sublime.