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Jakarta Post

Portrait of a nomad's heart

  • I Wayan Juniartha

    The Jakarta Post

Ubud   /   Thu, September 24 2009   /  12:09 pm

Tourists take pictures of historic landmarks and poets pen lyrical ballads of majestic landscapes to immortalize their encounters with new, foreign countries. Japanese-born artist Rie Mandala has a rather less obvious way of commemorating those encounters: She takes a shred of paper or fabric, found discarded in the alleys or sidewalks of those foreign lands, and uses it to create beautiful pieces of art. Mandala describes her creative process as "a transformation of the materials that would have been otherwise forgotten". To some extent, that process underlines her refusal to forget. It is her deliberate and conscious effort to remember the places she has visited and the cultures she has encountered and embraced. Her art works, therefore, are the aesthetic remembrances of her nomadic heart. They serve as a collection of personal notes as well as a public invitation that ...