Medium: Papier-mache, charcoal, soft pastel, glass marble and kozo washi
Size of work: Dimensions variable
Influenced by his puppet theatre background, Iwan Effendi presents a series of print and animation works. In his series ‘Sheets’, we can see his exploration on multiple mediums, from drawing, papier-mache (a medium and technique that he normally uses to make puppets), printmaking, and animation. Mainly inspired by fragments of his artistic activities in Papermoon Puppet Theatre, ‘Sheets’ is a reflection, re-think, and evaluation of his artistic journey, an attempt to dig deeper with different awareness and context.
About the Artist
Iwan Effendi (b. 1979, Yogyakarta, Indonesia) studied at the Department of Visual Art in Indonesia Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 2002 to 2004. In April 2006, Effendi and his wife, Ria Tri Sulistyani, founded the Papermoon Puppet Theatre, and in 2020, he founded Ing Printmaking Studio. His solo exhibitions to date include “DRAWING withdrawing” at Mizuma Gallery, Singapore (2020); “Face to Face” at Mizuma Gallery, Singapore (2019); “Lunang” at Lir Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2013); “Eye of the Messenger” at Yavuz Gallery, Singapore (2011); and “Two Shoes for Dancing” at Valentine Willie Fine Art (Project Room), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2009). He has also participated in group exhibitions in Bulgaria, Singapore, Australia, The Netherlands, Philippines, France, Japan, United States, and Mexico. He has undertaken residencies with the Museum of Art in Kōchi, Japan (2015); Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia (2014); and Asian Cultural Council in New York, USA (2009-10) researching on puppetry, visual, and performance arts. Effendi lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.