From 6–17 May the HotHouse Company welcomed Balinese artists Wayan Upadana and Aris Sarmanta to complete a residency at All Saints’ College.
Wayan – whose Gravity sculpture is installed at All Saints’ – is inspired by water, materials that melt, and the juxtaposition of natural forms with found or ready-made objects. Wayan completed his Fine Art degree in Yogyakarta, has been a finalist in numerous art awards and has exhibited in Bali, Yogyakarta, Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia. He has also exhibited work in Melbourne and Fremantle, and held a residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre in 2016.
Aris was the youngest finalist in the 2017 TiTian Prize, an award that honours talent in all genres of Balinese visual art. The following year he received the main prize, which included a solo exhibition at the TiTian Art Gallery in Ubud, Bali. Aris explores themes that mix cultural icons and contemporary concepts, creating works that are rich in symbolic meaning, vibrant details, and bright colours, and are painted in traditional Batuan style.
Both artists worked with Year 7 and 8 Project X classes and the Year 9 Art classes, sharing knowledge of their art practices and culture. Students working with Aris recreated family portraits using Batuan-style motifs and symbols, and those working with Wayan created sculptural wall hangings depicting the surface qualities of a lunar landscape.
In their spare time, the artists created artworks which will be a part of a two-month exhibition at the College in September. These works will be displayed alongside the students’ work.
During the residency, we were delighted to host a special ceremony for the Gravity sculpture which was generously donated to the College last year by future College grandparent, Ms Mary Hill. All Saints’ was honoured to receive this captivating artwork created by Wayan, which featured in the 2018 Sculpture by the Sea Exhibition. Ms Hill’s son John and grand-daughter Eliza were able to join us at this event, along with Wayan and Aris, some College staff and our student leaders.
During their two-week residency, Old Saint Luca Macchiusi (2016) filmed the artists and created the below documentary about the experience.