Journey of a Groningen Girl
I have been busy preparing for the launch of the new edition poetry volume, The Sky is My Religion, which will take place in Ubud at the Dewangga Gallery, in October 2012. I have been fortunate enough to have the cover reworked by two of my favourite painters, Wayan Meja and Eka Partama Gilo from Bali. The exhibiton is a joint collaboration between Balinese Artist and Australian Artists based on ideas and themes from the poems. It should be an exciting event. The exhibiton will be on for a month, and I will travel to Bali to perform at the exhibiton on the opening night and throughout the early weeks of October.
This is an unoffical fringe event during the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival and features both Australian and Balinese artists. I will be performing on opening night with Kadek Ferry, 15 dancers, and a gamelan orchestra! Music will be composed and played live, dancing will be co-ordinated by Mayoumi Inouye. The exhibiton has been programmed for a month, and will include an art exhibition painting, book signing sessions, workshops, talks, poetry perfomances, installations and digital film. An all round 'Art Happening' ! The Exhibitors include quite a line up of celebrated artists from Bali and Australia, painters Wayan Meja, Malcolm Jones, Eka Partama Gilo,and Gusti Putu Seteja, grandson of I Gusti Nyomen Lempad, Mega Sari, and sculptor Wayan Wina.
Designers Agus Astradahi and Caity Orlena will also be exhibiting and designing concepts, including costume.
The Exhibition will be opened by Australian writer and poet, Libby Hathorn National Ambassador for the Australian National Year Of Reading, and participant in 2012, of the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival. In the true spirit of collaboration, Desak Made Yuniantari, Program Officer, for Indonesian Language Services at the Indonesian Australian Language Foundation, Denpasar will MC!
I am very excited about this launch, and as a poet it is really wonderful to inspire others and be given the chance to work so closely with other artists during such a festive time in Ubud!
Hopefully the new editon volume of The Sky Is My Religion will be a success.
Stay tuned for further updates, websites listed below if you wish to check out some of the artists work
www.malcolmjones.ning.com Malcolm Jones
www.mejapainting.com/ Wayan Meja
www.kayuneka.com Eka Partama Gilo
www.juldesigns.com Agus Astradahi
http://caitlinorlena.tumbir.com/ Caity Orlena