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The Island Gallery
106 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110

Tel. 206-780-9500
Fax. 206-780-7811
For more information, contact
Susan Swannack-Nunn, Owner

July 10, 2005. For immediate release.
Exhibition Dates: June 3-July 31, 2005
Reception to Meet the Artists: Friday, July 15, 2005, 7-9 p.m.

A selection of silk lengths, using batik methods, reverse appliqué and stitched collage are being exhibited at The Island Gallery and the Bellevue Art Museum during July. As the only Indonesian artists invited by the International World Batik Conference to exhibit their work in Cambridge, Massachusetts in June 2005, Ismoyo and Fliam are now visiting the Seattle area under the sponsorship of the Institute for Cross Cultural Art, affiliated with The Island Gallery. Their silk scarves and art hangings patterned with complex layers of motifs are regularly featured at the Gallery. During their stay on Bainbridge Island, they are collaborating with Coast Salish artists and conducting a batik workshop, as well as giving a public lecture at the Bainbridge Public Library.

Background of the Artists. Husband and wife team, Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam, founded the Brahma Tirta Sari Batik Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 1985. Today their studio is considered the leading center of contemporary fine art batik in Indonesia today and has an international reputation for its innovative work. Ismoyo comes from a family whose ancestors produced batik for the royal court of Surakarta in Central Java. Fliam was born in the United States and studied at the Pratt Institute, New York. She traveled to Indonesia in 1983 to study batik and has lived there since.

Fliam and Ismoyo have exhibited extensively in Indonesia, Europe, the United States, Australia and Southeast Asia. Since 1988 the artists have conducted numerous workshops in Indonesia and Australia with Aboriginal batik artists. In 1994 they began an intensive collaboration with Aboriginal women artists from the central Australian desert community of Utopia. They discovered that both groups share a common appreciation of their ancestral heritage and its connection with artistic creativity. During a two-year period they produced 20 large batik wall hangings that have become part of the permanent collections of museums, galleries and private collections in Australia, Europe and the U.S. This collaboration is widely acknowledged as a model of the bi-lateral communication and shared inspiration possible between artists working closely together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding.

Fliam and Ismoyo have recently been awarded Ford Foundation funding to collaborate with artists in Mali and continue their work with Aboriginal artists in Australia. This fall they plan to take their work with Coast Salish artists to Africa and Australia to combine with motifs from these cultures, so that their collaborative batik will incorporate cultural motifs from four continents. The work from these collaborations will be exhibited internationally during 2006 in museums in Indonesia, Australia, Europe and the United States.

The Island Gallery - Contemporary adaptations of ancient artistic traditions: Indonesian Textile Art, Wood-Fired Ceramics and Wood Objects from Northwest Artists. A portion of the Gallery's profits help support the non-profit Institute for Cross Cultural Art, promoting the preservation and development of traditional art forms and facilitating interaction of artists.