Coral Island Harmony #5
Synthetic yarn, synthetic cotton, plastic web
200 x 200 x 38 cm
About the Artist
Jogja-based Mulyana was educated as an art teacher and learned knitting and crocheting at the famous book shop collective Tobucil in Bandung. Mulyana experiences the act of knitting or crocheting as a form of meditation and prayer. His pieces begin their lives like small organisms, the modules slowly blooming with quiet contemplation into vividly coloured clusters of queer forms that seem to hold together tightly, as if a pulling force was binding them relentlessly with invisible strength.
In 2008, Mulyana created his alter-ego, the Mogus (Monster), alongside the Gurita (octopus) and Sigarantang (Mulyana’s clan name). To Mulyana, art-making is a privileged way of “showing gratitude to our Creator who gives him a sound mind and a healthy body to be part of life on earth”. Often, Mulyana speaks of his work with vigorous reference to spirituality and a sense of a higher being guiding his act of creation.
Mulyana will be presenting his works at Art Porters.