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Diyan Achjadi
updated: 01/23/2013
website: www.diyanachjadi.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
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Wonder Wayang
detail, Wonder Wayang
An Ordinary Day Has Arisen
detail, An Ordinary Day Has Arisen
Speak of Our Own Breath
They Began to Feel Slightly Uneasy
detail, They Began to Feel Slightly Uneasy
When?
detail, When?
Near and Far
Driven by Interference
Garuda Phoenix St. James
The Sky Erupted
detail, The Sky Erupted
detail, The Sky Erupted
 
Portfolio Keywords:  gender/sexuality, futuristic, narrative, pattern, surreal, animals, craft, mimetic
 
 
Wonder Wayang by Diyan Achjadi
Wonder Wayang
Ink, gouache, and collage on paper
2012
30" x  22" 
detail, Wonder Wayang by Diyan Achjadi
detail, Wonder Wayang
Ink, gouache, and collage on paper
2012
30" x  22" 
An Ordinary Day Has Arisen by Diyan Achjadi
An Ordinary Day Has Arisen
Ink and gouache on paper
2012
30" x  44" 
detail, An Ordinary Day Has Arisen by Diyan Achjadi
detail, An Ordinary Day Has Arisen
Ink and gouache on paper
2012
30" x  44" 
Speak of Our Own Breath by Diyan Achjadi
Speak of Our Own Breath
Ink, gouache, and collage on paper
2012
22" x  30" 
They Began to Feel Slightly Uneasy by Diyan Achjadi
They Began to Feel Slightly Uneasy
Ink, gouache, and collage on paper
2012
30" x  44" 
detail, They Began to Feel Slightly Uneasy by Diyan Achjadi
detail, They Began to Feel Slightly Uneasy
Ink, gouache, and collage on paper
2012
30" x  44" 
When? by Diyan Achjadi
When?
Ink, gouache, and collage on paper
2012
30" x  44" 
detail, When? by Diyan Achjadi
detail, When?
Ink, gouache, and collage on paper
2012
30" x  44" 
Near and Far by Diyan Achjadi
Near and Far
Ink and collage on paper
2012
30" x  44" 
Driven by Interference by Diyan Achjadi
Driven by Interference
Ink, gouache, and collage on paper
2012
30" x  44" 
Garuda Phoenix St. James by Diyan Achjadi
Garuda Phoenix St. James
Ink, gouache, and collage on paper
2012
30" x  22" 
The Sky Erupted by Diyan Achjadi
The Sky Erupted
Ink, gouache, graphite, color pencil, acrylic and collage on silkscreened paper
2012
37 " x  25 " 
detail, The Sky Erupted by Diyan Achjadi
detail, The Sky Erupted
Ink, gouache, graphite, color pencil, acrylic and collage on silkscreened paper
2012
37 " x  25 " 
detail, The Sky Erupted by Diyan Achjadi
detail, The Sky Erupted
Ink, gouache, graphite, color pencil, acrylic and collage on silkscreened paper
2012
37" x  25" 

Artist Statement
The drawings in this series borrow imagery from Indonesian textiles (in particular batik cloths from Java), Western-European wallpaper and fabric patterns, and renaissance engravings and woodcuts. Combined with hand-silkscreened ben-day dots, these pictures construct environments that may seem to be simultaneously mythological and contemporary, referring as much to comic book illustration and science fictions as to traditional folk tales. Liminal beings populate these scenes -- Centauride-wayangs; human-like creatures with babi-rusa (pig-deer) or rhinoceros heads; bird-dragons and dragon-fish – alien creatures, disconnected and floating in ambiguous spaces. I am interested in printed pictures – both on paper and on cloth – and in how the popularity of particular patterns and images that circulate at a given time reflects narratives of colonialism, conquest, cultural appropriation and hybridity.

Artist Bio / CV

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada

MFA 2002, Concordia University, Montreal, QC

BFA 1993, The Cooper Union, New York, NY

Selected recent exhibitions

2012

Me Love You Long Time, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ. Curated by Edwin Ramoran 

2011

The Further Adventures of Girl, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC. Curated by Nicole Stanbridge. (solo)

The Further Adventures of Girl, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON (solo)

Here is There is Here, a public art project for the City of Richmond, Aberdeen Canada Line Station, Richmond, BC

Girl in The City, a public art project for the City of Vancouver, Robson/Granville screen, Vancouver, BC

Art, Revolution, Ownership: Artists in Conversation with Copyright, New Forms Festival, Waldorf Hotel, Vancouer, BC. Curated by Martha Rans 

2010

Sugar Bomb: Diyan Achjadi and Brendan Tangs, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK. Curated by Kristen Lambertson

The Further Adventures of Girl, Oboro, Montreal, QC (solo)

Constructing Sites: Identity and Place, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC

The Dig / Let’s Twist Again, Centre A, Vancouver, BC. Curated by Makiko Hara

2009

Sugar Bombs: Diyan Achjadi and Brendan Tang, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC and Centre MAI, Montreal, QC. Curated by Kristen Lambertson

A Little Distillery in Nowgong, Centre A, Vancouver BC and City Hall Gallery, Ottawa, ON. Curated by Makiko Hara 

2008  

Orientalism and Ephemera,  Centre A, Vancouver, BC, and Kenderdine Gallery, Saskatoon, SK. Curated by Jamelie Hassan.

The History Show, AIR Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Kat Griefen and Carey Lovelace. 

2007

Orientalism and Ephemera,  Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON. Curated by Jamelie Hassan

Diyan Achjadi and Scott Waters: Visiting Artist Exhibition, Open Studio, Toronto, ON 

Modes of Disclosure, Form+Content Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. Curated by Jim Dryden and Howard Oransky 

A Printmaker’s Perspective, Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA. Curated by Sam Romo