Rimba Berlian

Acrylic, watercolor, marker on canvas
180 x 200 cm

Re-Writing The Past

Acrylic, watercolour, and marker on canvas
180 x 160 cm

I don’t intentionally paint the history of women opposite the dominant masculinity; my way is more to understand the world femininity itself. Nature and its entity as a woman merge in its longing to be intimate again with nature body-ness or with earth whose intimacy has been spread thin as a result of exploitative competitions. Human exploits nature. That is a fact that happens everywhere. Ironically, the exploitation that make human worry is actually for the sake of the very human to have a place to live, food to eat, and to have the most comfortable social relation. Nature exploitation has contributed to the complete relation rift. 

The Great Renewal Rites

Acrylic, watercolour, and marker on canvas
180 x 160 cm

I paint the body-ness of women and the body-ness of earth as an entity, which is in their serious endeavor to be rejuvenated. I decide to re-enter my understanding of my own body-ness to experience deeply the externality dimension or the social culture of the body-ness. There is an apprehension in the painting “The Great Renewal Rites”; on how the bodies of women are deemed petty or even dirty every time women are on their ‘period’ (menstrual cycle). The rites are also natural rites. The cycle of natural process and harbor a great power to ensure the continuity of life.
4 layers backlight
120 120 x40 cm
 Colonizing The Colonizer
resin, vinyl, metal
(doc. indo art now)

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Sensual Musical by Utin Rini

Capturing female sensuality through expressions
04 Jul, 2011
Capturing female sensuality on canvas is Utin Rini's art form.  Hailing from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Utin Rini's works are dominated by fields of colors that are formed through the images of female facial expressions.  Her latest painting series in 'Arouse', an exhibition that is showcasing the works of two female artists are currently being showcased in KL at the House of Matahati.  Themed "Sensual Musical", they illustrate how rhythm in music can be visually described by structured patterns.  Inspired by her own favourite musical artist, Led Zeppelin, Utin's Sensual Musical series is her visual interpretation of the sensualilty she found in Led Zeppelin's songs.  Sensual indeed, each painting depicts an 'in the moment' expressions alluring the audience to be immersed in a shroud of mysterious and captivating sensuality of the female subjects.

Bright, kaleidoscopic colours burst forth in Utin’s canvases, where the female subject sometimes looks teasingly at you or with her eyes half-closed in a dreamy and sensuous moment. Utin’s painting techniques clearly show that her background in graphic design and printmaking have left an indelible impression on her painting style.

Arouse exhibition is held from July 2 to July 16.

House of Matahati (HOM)
6A, Jalan Cempaka 16
Taman Cempaka
68000 Ampang Selangor.
Gallery Opening Hours:  Mondays to Fridays - 11am to 6pm
Saturdays - 1pm to 6pm
Or call +6012 373 6004 to arrange for a viewing.

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Arouse Art Exhibition

Exploring the art of femininity

29 Jun, 2011
House of MATAHATI (HOM) celebrates women through the showcase of two young female artists, Utin Rini Anggraini and Chong Ai Lei who explore and capture femininity in this exhibition aptly titled ‘Arouse’. 

Utin Rini Anggraini was born in Pontianak, Indonesia and studied graphic design at FSR ISI Yogyakarta in the late nineties. Her background in graphic design and interest in printmaking has formed a strong impression on her painting style and the artist is known for her bright, sensuous explorations of her female subjects. In 2001, the artist won the best printmaking artist award at the Indonesian Arts Institute in Yogyakarta, and the following year, she was one of a few selected artists for the Phillip Morris Indonesian Art Awards.

Ai Lei, a Johor native, has been painting the female subject since the start of her artistic career. A fine art graduate from Dasein Academy of Art, Ai Lei’s oil paintings in ‘Arouse’ are delicate explorations of a young girl caught in private and unconscious moments. Her oil paintings in muted-color pallette are totally in contrast with Utin's colorful form of paintings. Never with their faces shown, Ai Lei’s female subject is shown flopped over her bed or lazing across an intricate Persian rug, and her works are symbols of youth as well as representation of the artist’s own identity.

Whilst relatively fresh in their respective careers, Utin Rini and Ai Lei have already shown great promises by garnering awards and honourable mentions for their artworks, and with ‘Arouse’, their future only looks brighter.

By bringing these two budding artists together, HOM reaffirms its bid to strengthen ties between our region’s various artists and communities.

Women and Art: Redefining femininity
Munarsih Sahana, Contributor, Yogyakarta | Fri, 03/09/2012 11:17 AM

Utin Rini, Midnight Blues, acrylic on canvas, 180x160 cmUtin Rini, Midnight Blues, acrylic on canvas, 180x160 cmThere are always multiple interpretations and varied definitions when we come to talk about gender equality in Indonesia. As it is socially constructed, gender equality can be understood differently by different groups in society and influenced by sociopolitical aspects.

This topic has intrigued Ketjil Bergerak, an organization with an interest in facilitating dialogue among different elements in society in collaboration with Skar productions to discuss and later redefine what it takes to be a woman in Indonesia using (visual) art as the entry point for discussion.

They are currently featuring visual art works by 11 Yogyakarta female artists in an art exhibition with the theme Membatalkan Keperempuanan (Canceling Femininity) at Sangkring Art Space in Nitiprayan Yogyakarta, March 3-15. This is part of a series of events to commemorate 2012 International Women’s Day.

“Canceling femininity for women is a way to clear their mind in order to create an absence of concept [about their femininity] and afterward they are free to redefine themselves in line with what they want to say and do in accordance with the life they live,” said Invani Lela Herliyani, organizer of the exhibition.

Their art work on display, however, reflects mostly the typical roles of women, such as looking after the family, nursing, sewing, exposing their everyday life and images of women themselves.

Wahyu Wiedardini, a mother herself, claims that talking about gender relations between men and women is over. For her, women naturally give birth and feed their babies, as in her work Don’t Worry I am Here (140x120 centimeters, acrylic on canvas), featuring an image of a dog suckling three small puppies. A mother is supposed to nurture and protect her children, she said.

Maria Indria Sari showcases her skill in handwork with Trapped In A Form #1 (123x95 centimeters), using fabric, threads, buttons and zippers as her main materials to create an image of a sleeping beauty. The zippers are used to make the hair and buttons for the clothes. The work shows that she is good at employing different stitches, embroidery and sewing techniques, tasks that are generally performed by women.

Sewing techniques and appliqué are also on display in Maria Magdalena’s work Malam Tak Bertuan (Orphaned Night) which consists of six variable pieces of work using mixed media, including framed gunny sacks as the main canvas. She not only employed stitching on the gunny sacks but also appliquéd them with various objects including a fork, embroidery, dolls and two headed statues made of resin.

Bonita Margaret questions whether women are more dominant in men-women relations through a painting of a shadow of a pair of lower legs in Perempuan Dominan ? (Are Women Dominant?, acrylic on canvas, 80x60 centimeters). Onlookers might interpret legs as symbols of oppressing others although Bonita uses a nice color combination.

Painter Lashita Situmorang describes the strong and significant roles of women in her painting Tubuh Yang Bertumbuh (A Growing Body, 20x150 centimeters, acrylic on canvas) depicting an image of a large tree bearing leaves in the form of big umbrellas that symbolize shade and protection. Its lower trunk is supported by a moving female body, instead of roots.

Images of nice-looking girls are shown in Incognito (120x120 centimeters), a painting placed inside a neon box and Midnight Blues (180x160 centimeters, acrylic on canvas). Both are works by Utin Rini, who believes that there already is equality between men and women therefore there is no point for her to self-identify as a feminist.

Maria Indria Sari, Trapped in a Form #1, acrylic on canvas, 123x95 cmMaria Indria Sari, Trapped in a Form #1, acrylic on canvas, 123x95 cmMost of the participating female artists are graduates of the Yogyakarta Institute of Arts. There are two young participants; Arini Imani Sophia, who is a student of Gadjah Mada University, and Deidra Mesayu Risangsaeaya, who is still in the first grade of Fine Art High School SMSR, both are exhibiting pieces in a comic-book style.

Arini’s Perayaan Hari Kebalikan (Celebrating The Day of Reverse) which consists of nine pieces (30x41 centimeters, color pencil on paper) involves a tough young girl whose name is Popo. Whereas, Deidra’s Dunia Butuh Seorang Deidra (The World Needs a Deidra) is a feature consisting of six out of 25 pages from a book of her personal story of being attracted to a male friend in the same class. Deidra said, despite getting no response from the boy, she felt happy when one day he told her she was a great girl.

There is a three-set photography work Perempuan Perkasa (Strong Women) by Idealita Ismanto portraying women in construction work, as porters and other tough jobs.

There are two three-dimensional works, Utin Rini’s Colonizing The Colonizer in the form of an anchor made of metal and resin wrapped in a pink and black color combination of soft vinyl, and an animal statue made of recycled metal (50x50x170) by Wahyu Wiedyardini and her husband I Nyoman Adiana.

All these works will be discussed along with the topic “Canceling Femininity” on International Women’s Day which falls on March 8. This will be followed by other events: Online Exhibition on Women (female artists) on The Move (March 10-May 10) at TBY Art Shop, Open Studio of Yogyakarta female artists (March 12-15) and a festival involving women of Tegalkenongo village, Yogyakarta, on March 24.

Membatalan Keperempuanan
Sangkring Art Project
Jl. Nitiprayan 88 Ngestiharjo,
Kasihan Bantul
Open Monday-Saturday
10 a.m – 6 p.m