ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE 2013
The opportunity to return to Bali as an artist in residence at Yayasan Purnati was both a great privilege and a magical experience. In Bali I was inspired to freely experiment with my art and to push the boundaries of my previous work so as to change the direction of my painting during the course of my artist residency. The works I created are the beginnings of a new series of paintings in progress.
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After ten months of traveling through America and Europe, I came to The Bali Purnati Center for the Arts for a month long residency. It was the last month of my long journey, and I wasn't expecting such a beautiful, supportive and inspiring environment. I arrived intending to draw upon past memories of being in Bali as a 5 year old, but quickly changed my direction to focusing on the present, as it was special and needed to be captured. My main inspiration came from the staff, watching their daily routines of making offerings and their strong attention to detail. The people around me became my friends, and I would spend hours speaking to them about their lives in Bali, their beliefs, their traditions, their stories. This was an environment where I could focus on exactly what I love doing, chatting to people and painting.
During my stay I was taken to temples, markets and dances, experiences that I also drew upon for inspiration. An incredible moment was watching the sun set over a temple called Uluwatu and watching the silhouettes of monkeys dancing against the sky. My experience at Bali Purnati Center for the Arts is one that I will cherish. It was a month in which I could focus on my work whilst being supported and encouraged. Thank you to everyone who makes this residency a reality. It was truly magic.
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