Five artists from Yogyakarta exhibited their prominent arts in Griya Santrian Gallery, Sanur. The exhibition entitled "Reed Roots" symbolizing strength, hardiness and benefits to human beings presented 14 paintings and an installation art. Uniquely, virtually all the works of art on display highlighted the gender equality, a fight against injustice to women.
Those five artists consisted of Lucia Hartini, Dyan Anggraini, Wara Anindyah, Laksmi Shitaresmi and June Adhitia Wulandari. The artists belonging to different generation organized the exhibition lasting for about a month starting May 25 through June 27, 2012. "We want to show off if women as artists have equal rights to explore the domain of art," said Dyan Anggraini represented her friends.
Woman was indeed identical to beauty frequently made an object of painting, sculpture and so forth. However, at this moment those women produced the works of art with the theme tending to feature the problems faced and the world of fantasy. "These works of art are the expression of our conscience. Hopefully, they could give a significance for their presence," said Dyan Anggraini.
Indeed, in their creative process each artist worked without paying attention to the family or neighborhood because those artists were much getting involved in different walks of life. They did not only serve as an artist but also as a homemaker, wife and some as civil servant in the same agency. Nevertheless, they could manage their time smartly. "Painting is used as a medium of art to explore the ideas regarding the inequalities faced by women today," said Lakshmi Shitaresmi.
Wara Anindyah added that for the five female artists, painting was a therapy for healing an emotional wound as well as channeling the inspiration, imagination and fantasy. "We're not feminism, but we are going up against the position of men or struggling for gender equality," she explained.
In expressing their inspiration, the five women did not frontally display the works going up against the patriarchal hegemony. However, they presented the ideas in the nuances tending to be metaphorical, symbolical and even with a witty parody. Amidst the exhibition, they also organized a discussion entitled "Diary of Five Women Artists". (BTN/015)
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