Image: Winnie Sidharta,  Crossing,  2019, Collage, watercolor, acrylic, and paper mounted on panel, Dimensions: 24 x25”

Image: Winnie Sidharta, Crossing, 2019, Collage, watercolor, acrylic, and paper mounted on panel, Dimensions: 24 x25”

The Skirt 

Winnie Sidharta Ambron: Boundless

May 11 - Aug 25 2019

Opening Reception Saturday, May 11 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

ORTEGA Y GASSET PROJECTS
363 3RD AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11215
GALLERY HOURS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 1PM–6PM

 

“You and I are close, we intertwine. You may stand on the other side of the hill once in awhile, but you may also be me while remaining what you are and what I am not”
- Trinh T. Minh-ha. Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism

Boundless’ is an installation of wall paintings and collage pieces addressing identity,  and how to represent one’s position and cultural experience through painting. Inspired by the highly vigorous and refined textile traditions within Javanese vernacular style — most of which are executed by women — the patterns on the walls evoke a similarly organic and living quality balanced somewhere between the decorative and something more evocative. The pieces, though contained within themselves, extend into the space through these patterns, loosening the boundaries between them.  This constant expansion and contraction creates an environment where fragments and colors ’speak’ to each other. These fragments and edges draw forth excerpts of time, impressions of space, temperature and the metamorphosis of bodies as landscapes; a portrayal of collective history and emotive cultural experiences. The (female) bodies have been transformed into vast and unrestricted landscapes.
These pieces offer my interpretation of selfhood through the language of painting; a language that comes from my personal experiences of living in a diaspora, rediscovering identity, and learning to inhabit two worlds at once: the present and the past, internal and external, microscopic and macroscopic. In these works, I find an association with a body that I have become, something that is both inside and outside of the margins, a manifestation of that which is other.