Batik Kimono - Reni Louise - Permadi
Reni is an emerging artist and activist deeply curious about culture and society.
She has participated in numerous forums dealing with issues of equality, gender, culture and identity.
Work shown at The Boroughs is her studio arts final folio for V.C.E.
Louise Permadi’s piece explores the theme of culture, and by extension, cultural identity through fashion.
“I view fashion as a cultural marker – it is an art form intrinsically linked to the body and expression, and therefore our sense of culture and self. My work is a physical manifestation of my exploration of culture (as a concept and my own), which focused on Asian-Australian identities, artists, and practices.”
Her “Batik Kimono” pays homage to Japanese and Javanese craft and textile traditions and philosophies while embracing modern techniques. This work was produced using watercolour and oil pastel (a reinterpreted wax-resist technique), producing patterns which were digitally printed onto cotton.
Batik Kimono is reversible, with no side of the piece being the “right” or dominant side. In this way, it reflects her own experience of an Indonesian and Australian heritage.
In this piece, Reni aims to illustrate how contrast and contradiction – whether that be conceptual or artistic, in visual language or in cultural identity – can exist as a thing of nuance and beauty.