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ISNIA: Silk Reverse Applique Wallhanging: Tree of Life VI

ISNIA: Silk Reverse Applique Wallhanging: Tree of Life VI

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Tree of Life VI. 2009. Batik on Silk; reverse appliqué.

This magnificent wallhanging is a double-sided reverse appliqué collaboration by Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam (Isnia) of Yogjakarta, Java, Indonesia. Generally speaking, reverse appliqué is a sewing or "quilting" process in which two or more layers of cloth are stacked one over the other, each layer being cut away in turn to reveal the one below. In this case, the artists first batik their silk fabric, then cut, place, and sew the pieces together using variations in thread colors, producing a vivacious 3-D artwork that is quite different on either side. In this case, the artists have used cool teals and moss greens on one side, with flaming reds and intense blues on the other.

A motif seen with almost complete universality across cultures and religions, the Tree of Life alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet. This motif is frequently seen in the work of Isnia.

Early warning: This particular wallhanging and a number of Isnia's other pieces will be available for viewing in the Gallery during a special May 2013 exhibition, which will be attended by the artists themselves. More details will be available soon on our blog.

Dimensions: 150 x 80 cm.


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