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Jakarta Post

Wondrous Shelter: It's art infested with termites

  • Eilish Kidd

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 9 2008   /  11:16 am

Kurniawaty Gautama, 34, a slight woman with a soft voice, is responsible forShelter", the truly wondrous exhibition, which is now on display at Bentara Budaya Jakarta. "Ah, yes" she said Friday evening at the arts complex,are amazed. They have never seen (unfired) clay exhibited before. And they look at me, a tiny woman, and can't quite figure out how - why I make these towers". Working outside tradition, Nia's main body of work in the exhibition comprises an installation of finished, but unfired clay sculptures. Two other rooms contain smaller fired works that are more commercial in nature. Taking their form from termites' nests, the sculptures in the installation stand approximately shoulder high and have been marked and carved so as to suggest human homes, with awnings, windows and doorways. Spelling out the message that humans have a lot...