Woven plastic, cotton threads, copper and sponge
Dimensions: 170cm (H) x 97cm (W) / 66.9" (H) x 38.2" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
An ongoing art project that lends a helping hand to resolve marine debris by collecting fishing ropes from the mangroves area, unraveling the plastic strands, and weaving them into textile art.
Ari engaged the collective efforts of artisans and others in the local community who had been made out of work to collect the plastic ropes from the beach, and to transform this unsightly detritus into works of art. Meticulously unraveled, the colourful ropes yield sturdy raw material to be transformed into evocative tapestries that celebrate traditional craftsmanship while evoking the shifting states at sea.
The seascapes “Morning Breeze” and “Evening Breeze” for instance, recall the gentle play of the breeze on the water’s surface, with tiny ripples suggested by horizontal skeins of coloured thread. A thick band at the top of the tapestry evokes a horizon line, or perhaps the changing depths of water. “Sea Grass” and “The Coral Wall” were inspired by an aerial view of the ocean: a combination of weaving techniques is punctuated by loose strands and tufts of coloured thread, recalling the gentle sway of sea grass in the waters or clusters of corals. In another work, a tangle of loose threads evokes forms of marine life such as jellyfish.
Based in: Canada
Born in Indonesia in 1975, artist Ari Bayuaji currently works and lives in Montreal, Canada. Having a rich life experience of studying and traveling abroad has revealed a cross-cultural artistic expression from his works of creation. His artworks had been presented in the US, Canada, France, Indonesia, Denmark and Netherlands. From ART JOG, Kunsthal Rotterdam, to Montreal Museum of Art, Ari Bayuaji was invited to participate in multiple residency programs and to present solo shows in renown international institutions around the world.
Holding a passion for natural elements, Bayuaji has been collecting various natural materials and cultural products for inspirations while visiting these places. He analyzed the senatural-made and synthetic materials with his keen interpretation of cultures, pondering over the changes of different epochs as well as the coexistence of men and Nature.
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