It is exactly 1 month before I go on my trip to Indonesia. This trip is all the result of this artwork.
I created the Mbok Jamu series as an expression of my identity as an Indonesian living in Australia. It was also around the time that I was deciding whether or not to give up my Indonesian citizenship for an Australian one.
Well, I am now still an Indonesian citizen and I'm quite content about it. I've realised that if I ever have to change it in the future, it's not because I am turning back on my country of birth. It is more for the practicality and convenience since I have been living in Australia for more than ten years.
So this time next month, I will be in Indonesia meeting the great ceramic artist, F. Widayanto and hopefully being able to observe and learn from his practice. Internet connection permitting, I will also be regularly updating this blog with my adventures. Stay tuned...
Irine is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts' Artstart Grant (June 2014-2015).
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