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Jakarta Post

For Indonesians, instant noodles mean life

  • Vania Evan


Jakarta   /   Wed, March 3 2021   /  01:00 am
Indonesian artist Cynthia Delaney Suwito creates tapestries using boiled instant noodles.(Courtesy of Cynthia Delaney Suwito/Cynthia Delaney Suwito collection)

Even without mentioning the brand, we all know that instant noodle jingle, don’t we? Aside from being an unintended staple food of almost cultural-significance for many Indonesians, a pack of instant noodles (of whatever brand) can become a piece of art in and of itself. This is what Indonesian-born, Singapore-based Cynthia Delaney Suwito suggests. The 28-year-old artist boils her instant noodles, letting them cool before knitting then into a form of tapestry. Cynthia has made multiple appearances at art galleries in Singapore and Indonesia doing exactly this. The performance and installation is named, fittingly, Knitting Noodles. Yet the message that the artist wants to put forward is multilayered, with references to the struggles of living in fast-paced cities like Jakarta and Singapore. As Cynthia states on her website, "The act of knitting instant noodles aims to contra...