‘The fibrous souls’ installation constructed with 70 giant shikas

The fibrous souls 2018–21 currently in the Queensland Art Gallery Watermall is constructed with 70 giant shikas — embroidered, reticulated bags typically made of jute strings that are tied to a beam in the ceiling of houses and used to hold pots and food containers — Shikas are found in almost every house in rural…

Tantric Paintings: Spirituality and art are inextricably linked

A rare group of paintings by the late North Indian painter Kalu Ram are unique examples of the highly experimental artform and complex intangible concepts of Tantrism. Ram’s paintings communicate the untameable cosmic energy of Tantric belief, drawing on a knowledge system where spirituality and art are inextricably linked as are tradition and experimentation. From…

The beast in us all

Four works by Rokni Haerizadeh point to the beast in us all, and aim to ‘re-sensitise’ viewers to the violence and political unrest we see increasingly normalised in the media. Rokni Haerizadeh is an Iranian-born, Dubai-based painter and animator who has garnered international attention for his lyrical social critiques painted in a contemporary Persian miniature…

Performances are a spontaneous response to the artwork and architecture of QAGOMA

Brian Fuata’s ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) performances are a spontaneous response to the artwork and architecture of QAGOMA’s spaces and often engage with the audience. The intimate performative work of Fuata is informed by theatre techniques and frameworks of improvisation. Fuata works across a range of sites including theatres, galleries,…

Rigid architecture translates into soft veils of memory

Throughout her career, Sumakshi Singh has developed a spontaneous and responsive approach to material and space. Her practice is characterised by rigorous explorations of spatial intervention that play in the gap between conditioned knowledge and direct perception, and in the spaces between physical object and illusory experience.1 Her works engage narratives from inner landscapes —…

Magical and poetic stories conjure a distant, dreamlike place

Intimate storytelling forms the heart of Jumaadi’s practice, revealed through narrative paintings, performance and poetry. The tales draw from villages and communities in Indonesia, with enchanting characters that are both imagined and borrowed from Javanese puppetry imagery. As the stories surface on large cloths, tin-sheet cut-outs and buffalo-hide puppets — as well as in shadowpuppet…