Floating Finches
       
     
Pious Mongoose
       
     
Perturbed Hyena
       
     
Saucy Turtles
       
     
Grey Goat
       
     
Placid Oxen
       
     
Chubby Bunny
       
     
Naked Wallaby
       
     
Sacred Swallow
       
     
Hiding Hedgehog
       
     
Floating Finches
       
     
Floating Finches

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2016 (read below)

During a cold winter night in 2016, when my mind constructed a fascinating visual image. The image could be likened to a semèn design found on batik cloth. What immediately drew me to it was it’s 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.

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. 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.  

I am currently interested in producing images that rely on the repetition of a form, and their ability to create a trance-like state when observed for an extended period of time. Like Batik, these paintings are merely a snapshot of a larger cosmic universe, and thus the compositions tend to bleed off the surface. I have transitioned from stretched to unstretched canvas, and from painting on an easel to painting on the floor. In a sense, my process mimics the wax-resist technique used in Batik, where painter’s tape and acrylic paint have replaced beeswax and Indigo dye. I work on the Now-Shipibo and Now-Batik series in tandem, and am discovering ways to integrate the two aesthetics and philosophies. 

Pious Mongoose
       
     
Pious Mongoose

Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 54 x 108 inches, 2016

Perturbed Hyena
       
     
Perturbed Hyena

Acrylic on unstretched polyester fabric, 54 x 108 inches, 2016

Saucy Turtles
       
     
Saucy Turtles

Acrylic on canvas, 35 x 50 inches, 2016

Grey Goat
       
     
Grey Goat

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2016

Placid Oxen
       
     
Placid Oxen

Acrylic on canvas, 50x 70 inches, 2016

Chubby Bunny
       
     
Chubby Bunny

Acrylic on canvas, 25 x 25 inches, 2016

Naked Wallaby
       
     
Naked Wallaby

Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2016

Sacred Swallow
       
     
Sacred Swallow

Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2016

Hiding Hedgehog
       
     
Hiding Hedgehog

Acrylic on unstretched canvas, 54 x 144 inches, 2017