Artist

  • Sriwhana Spong
spikeisland.org.uk

Sriwhana Spong presents her largest exhibition to date outside of her native New Zealand, including a series of sculptures based on the traditional Balinese gamelan and a new film, shot in and around the artist’s ancestral home in Bali, Indonesia.

Her new film The painter-tailor (2019) constructs a family portrait from 16mm film and HD video footage collected by the artist, her relatives, and the family dog. The hook to which the film repeatedly returns is an untitled painting by Spong’s grandfather. This painting, the intimate surroundings of the family compound, and her father’s memories collectively relate to the effects of colonisation, invasion and tourism on image-making in Bali.

Other works in textiles, wax and clay are presented alongside a new instrument based on a gamelan ‘bell tree’ (made with Bristol-based bronze foundry Ore and Ingot) which joins the artist’s evolving personal orchestra.

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Sriwhana Spong is represented by Michael Lett in New Zealand.

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