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Sandy Infield just before Sangkring Exhibition

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Three years since my last post…..May 2011

 

Tomorrow night I expose myself to public gaze and criticism, it is the opening of my exhibition ‘Patterns of Belonging’ at Sangkring Art Space in Jogjakarta; I am nervous.

 I have been working for the past three years to understand the theory and technique of Batik.  Batik and the possibility of luminous colour and light. I started very simply with a candle and stove making small works. As time passed I have learned to sweep Batik across the wide landscapes that are here in Indonesia.


It has been a challenge, the materials are difficult to handle, hot wax and poisonous chemicals. Finding out how to mix the wax and how best to dye has been a slow process of deduction. I am in debt to the people who quietly worked as I watched. One man Arwin Hidayat who simply took me to his back yard and with cigarette in hand mixed toxic chemicals and revealed the wonder of Naptol.

 

Bali has been a mixed experience, Balinese people are smiling and devout, we joke about their ceremonies ‘Upa Cara’ because there is always a new one that has to be attended. It is normal to see parades of sarong clad devotees making their way to the sea, the temple, the wedding, the funeral, the tooth filing, the birth the list of obligations is long.  People have no compunction they stop work, traffic and business, this is their land and their land must be continually blessed with ritual and that is that.

 

We have grown used to calmly waiting for offices to open again, the simplest task put off for another day.  How to find out when there is to be a ceremony is another mystery, sometimes thousands of people appear and yet there is nothing printed in the press, no posters on the trees it is all communicated in Chinese whispers and yet everyone knows, apart from us that is.

 

 Bali a land with few rules but yet guided by shadows and spirits!

 

 

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2. Steve Infield | July 26, 2012 at 07:27 PM EDT

All looks very interesting and inspirational.

3. Sandy Infield | August 03, 2012 at 03:10 AM EDT

It is! with over a thousand hits this week and bookings coming in, I am very excited.

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