March 24 to May 11, 2017
Corner Window Gallery, Auckland
Project 035: Rozana Lee
Artists Statement: I have installed twelve Batik fabrics created with primary school students from central Auckland using copper stamped wax-resist method. The installation includes rows of Batik squares cut from the remnant of ready-made Batik collected from my father’s tsunami-ridden shop in Aceh, Indonesia in 2004. Each square represents a life that was lost in the natural disaster of 26 December 2004 and a life that was remembered. In Auckland, these Batik squares were once pinned by the community from around Auckland to the calico walls provided at Tsunami Hour… exhibition (2013) and Patches of Life 2004-2014 (2014) touring exhibitions.
Batik is a cultural fabric that is traditionally made using hand written wax-resist dyeing. It has existed as a form of art-making since the 12th century and has become a strong source of cultural identity for Indonesians. Its unique motifs take their themes from daily life, incorporating patterns such as flowers, sea waves, folklore, and traditional festivals. An early belief was that certain types of cloth had mystical powers capable of warding off ill fortune, while other pieces are believed to bring good luck.
New Zealand and Indonesia both sit on the Pacific Ring of Fire where continental plates collide making the area subject to frequent seismic and volcanic activity. Despite this location many of those living in the region in areas most affected by the Boxing Day 2004 Earthquake had little or no knowledge of tsunamis. In many places there was no proper tsunami warning system in place and very few knew what to do in the event of a tsunami.
Image: Lost and Remembered, 2017 Site-specific Batik fabric installation
Corner Window Gallery
Date(s) - 24/03/2017 - 11/05/2017