ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE 2009
American, from Holden Beach, NC
Sometimes we are fortunate enough to discover ourselves exactly where we are supposed to be at exactly the right time in life. Purnati was such an experience for me, the positive spirit there contagious, the opportunity for personal and professional growth, unlimited. Residency at Purnati provided me the necessary wide-open space, uninterrupted time, and fresh perspective to approach a new body of work in oil painting. It was simultaneously a relaxing and incredibly productive month, thanks to the genuinely supportive staff, readily available resources, and inspiration at every level of the senses. I was particularly struck by the saturation of color and texture in the landscape and foliage (I have never seen so many shades of green!), and the rich cultural history and traditions that continue to permeate daily life on the island. The Balinese commitment to the value of “process” in everything they do, rather than product, affected the way that I approached my own work as well. Painting sessions flowed… and were infused with a sense of joy, gratitude and humility, that freed me up to explore new color combinations and subject matter.
JANE INGRAM ALLEN
Artist in residence from USA and Taiwan
Jane Ingram Allen is an American sculptor/installation artist and hand papermaker. At Purnati she worked on two projects: Printmaking Plants of Bali, Indonesia (created handmade papers using the leaves of banana, banyan tree, beach hibiscus, cogon grass, philodendron, sago palm and white-striped flax lily) and Map of Bali.
She is originally from Alabama and has been living in New York State since 1988. In 2004 she received a Fulbright Scholar Award for a six-month research project on hand papermaking in Taiwan. Her Fulbright grant was extended through July 2005 with sponsorship by the Taiwan Council for Cultural Affairs/National Endowment for Culture and Art. Her relationship with Taiwan continues till today: she has been teachimng and living there for several years.
Jane’s artworks are site-specific installations that are inspired by nature and created from materials collected in a particular place and time. Many of her works change over time and are focused on environmental issues. She makes collaborative works and community art projects that involve viewer participation and integrate the process with nature as a partner.
For more information, visit her website at www.janeingramallen.com