Always Moving: The Batik Art Of Sarkasi Said

Always Moving: The Batik Art Of Sarkasi Said

WHEN
10 December 2017 – 31 January 2018
VENUE
NUS Museum
ADMISSION
Free Admission
WEBSITE
http://www.museum.nus.edu.sg

Always Moving: The Batik Art Of Sarkasi Said

The exhibition revisits Sarkasi Said’s earliest reminiscences of batik as a central component of his Javanese heritage, within the context of multicultural and modernising Singapore. The presentation explores the artist’s regard for the batik as a cultural object, and the identity batik confers on users (and consumers) of the textile. As national development gains momentum, Sarkasi’s experimentation with an abstract style also implicates his personal responses to the evolving cosmopolitan landscape, and the tensions that lie between traditional symbols and the loss of their transmission.

Sarkasi continues to uphold the foundational principles of the resist technique in batik even as he holds in tension conceptual perspectives between craft and contemporary practice.


Celebration, Sarkasi Said, 1997. Image courtesy of NUS Museum
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