NANI PUSPASARI

Visual Artist 
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News  —
17 June - 1 July 2021 Group Show: Winter’s Day at Offthekerb Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

28 July - 8 Aug 2021 Solo Show: MACAN at BlackCat GalleryMelbourne, Australia - Opening Night July 29th, 6-8.30pm
1 Sept - 31 Oct 2021 International residency - Jeonnam International SUMUK Biennale at Mokpo & Jindo,South Korea

ARTWORKS  —



Macan
ceramic, 2021


Hand-built stoneware ceramic

#1  23cm W x 10cm H x 17cm D
#2  18cm W x 12cm H x 21cm D
#3  22cm W x 13cm H x 13cm D
#4  22cm W x 9cm H x 12 cm D









Colony Life

ceramic, 2021



Hand-built stoneware ceramic

#1  The Production
        14cm W x 15cm H x 14cm D
#2  Colony Life
        16cm W x 10cm H x 10cm D
#3  Queen of the Castle
       12cm W x 10cm H x 13.5cm D
#4  The Cave
       17cm W x 14cm H x 13 cm D


This series inspired by the fate of female bees. Worker bees are all female. A queen bee who is the only female bee in the hive that gets to reproduce. Queen bee and female workers working tirelessly. The male’s (drones) only job is to spread the genes of their colony. They leave the territory every day in search of potential new queens looking to mate.

Group Show: International Woman’s. Day at Offthekerb Gallery (25.02 - 11.03.2021)









Fresh Off the Tiger

2021
painting





#1 Fresh off the Tiger
Gouache on paper, 40 x 50 cm framed

#2 Hibernation
Gouache on paper, 40 x 50 cm framed

Exhibited at Offthekerb Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.







The Unbroken Dark

2020
painting, ceramic


Painting
The Unbroken Dark
40cm W x 50cm H (framed)Acrylic on paper


Ceramic
Nightless
13cm W x 14cm H x 12cm D
Hand-built stoneware ceramic


Group Show: Goodbye 1.5 metres distancing at Black Cat gallery (9 - 20.12.20)







Me and UooUoo

2020
visual art


You’re Not Alone
acrylic on sculpture


In 2020, The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) will mark its 150th anniversary. In recognition of this major milestone, the RCH Foundation, supported by Wild in Art, is bringing colour and creativity to the streets of Melbourne and Geelong with a spectacular public art trail.

The Artwork
by Nani Puspasari
Almost a quarter of young Australians are facing mental health challenges, with young women twice as likely as young men to be grappling with psychological issues according to a report from Mission Australia. This artwork describing a story about the power of female connecting and supporting each other.

Location: Prahran Square, Melbourne













Residency — Dight Studio

Jan - Mar 2020
residency, mural, work in progress

Untitled
(8) Ink on paper, 24 w x 32 h cm

Sculpture
work in progress, mixed media


Artists’ Life Mural
acrylic on wall, 400 w x 300 h cm


Dight Creative Studios Project is a unique artist-run space located in the heart of the art precinct in Collingwood by Black Cat Gallery, Melbourne, AU. It aims to support local emerging and professional contemporary artists and international artists in residence. I feel honoured to be their first artist residency, creating a new body of work in progress.











Residency — Thailand

Jan - Feb 2020
residency, exhibition


Shut Your Mouth
ink on hanji paper, 144 w x 76 h cm

15 RMUTT International Art Workshop,
Group exhibition Time Change
RMUTT, Thanyaburi, Thailand

What I Dreamt Last Night
ink on hanji paper, 144 w x 76 h cm

15th International Arts Festival & Workshop, Poh Chang Academe of Art, Bangkok, Thailand












Somewhere Between

exhibition, artwork, 2019

Black Cat Gallery, Melbourne
mixed media

"Somewhere Between" is about how we connect to the places where we're just passing through.

The paintings were born from images of the places and travel the artist has visited. Here, rendered on paper and paint, these images gain power more than just a photo. More than just passing through, they peel back the surface to the underlying conversations and contexts that make up memories of a place.

The ceramic sculptures contrast with the paintings, as their physical nature allows the abstract to come through more clearly. The results flow from the art process, from the touch of the clay. Though born of the same travel memories, new impressions are created during the making of the artwork.

This exhibition combines travel, as the desire for human bodies to be in a new habitat, with artistic expression, as the bridge between recording subjective experiences and creating new ones.






Borneo

ceramic, 2019




Borneo series

Hand-built glazed earthenware ceramic
 
15W x 11H x 14D cm
19W x 8H x 18D cm
13W x 12H x 4.5D cm
 12W x 10.5H x 10.5D cm








Somewhere Between

digital painting, 2019


2019 - 2020
Digital drawing, 60 x 42 cm

Shown as part of my solo exhibition - Somewhere Between - at Black Cat Gallery in Melbourne, 2019.












Residency — South Korea

June - July 2019
residency, exhibition



The Guardian
ink on hanji paper, 139 w x 175 h cm

Daesung Temple
ink on hanji paper, 139 w x 175 h cm


Group Exhibition
International Sumuk Exhibition, Haenam Culture & Arts Centre, Haenam, South Korea

Selfportrait
ink on hanji paper, 76 w x 144 h cm


Group Exhibition
Gong-jae & The Artists’ Self Portrait,
Haengchon Art Museum, Haenam, South
< 7/7 Selfportrait
Korea

Yeoja I
ink on hanji paper, 139 w x 175 h cm


Collection
Sooyun Art Space,
Haenam, South Korea












Femina

2019
group exhibition


Femina Extravaganza
Black Cat Gallery, Melbourne
curated by Ellen YG Son

Femina
(20) hand built ceramic, 5 x 5.5 cm


This exhibition explores the body as a site of struggle, consumption projected to media/society/culture, and further investigates ‘femina’ as an extraterritorial space that can embrace those bodies that identity as female but not woman, or as woman but not female; those bodies that have lived through femininity but not womanhood, or through womanhood but not femininity. (Text by Ellen YG Son)








Residency — Thailand

Jan  - Feb 2019
residency, exhibition



Playground
ink and thread on paper
25 w x 18.3 h cm (3 panels)


14th International Arts Festival & Workshop, Poh Chang Academe of Art, Bangkok, Thailand

Good Luck
acrylic on canvas
80 w x 100 h cm
Wat
ink and thread on hanji paper
70 w x 50 h cm


International Art Workshop and Exhibition 2019, RMUTI, Korat, Thailand











Garden Soul

2017
exhibition

Solo Exhibition
Offthekerb Gallery, Melbourne
mixed media


Garden Soul draws upon fairy tales, fables and childhood memories, creating a visual poem to navigate the relationship between the human and natural worlds. Though the artist has left her childhood home of gardens in full bloom, she continues to explore
the imaginary narratives that live within and around us.












Reincarnation

2012
installation

Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne
neon tissue paper on board

Would heaven be filled with flower blossoms? This paper installation symbolises reincarnation as the return to life.




OBJECT —





Silently living (2019)
hand-built earthenware ceramic and glaze 17 x 13 x 7 cm








Garden Soul II (2019)
Earthenware ceramic and glaze 25 x 14 x 18 cm







A land not mine I (2019)
Earthenware ceramic and glaze
13 x 13 x 7 cm

Untitled (2019)
Earthenware ceramic and glaze
20 x 16 x 17 cm

A land not mine II (2019)
Earthenware ceramic and glaze
11 x 7 x 7 cm







Step in time (2019)
Stoneware ceramic and glaze
and yellow thread





Garden Soul (2017)
hand-built ceramic
Garden Soul draws upon fairy tales, fables and childhood memories, creating a visual poem to navigate the relationship between the human and natural worlds. Though the artist has left her childhood home of gardens in full bloom, she continues to explore the imaginary narratives that live within and around us.





ARCHIVES —



Belong




Belong


The Space that Measures Distance
Chinese Museum, Melbourne

acrylic & thread on canvas,
101 x 171 cm

The aim was further to investigate the humans and animals, through the use of large-scale canvas to examine the individual’s relationship with themselves and others. This distorted figures and incorrect propositions and perspective are used to represent the girl’s naiveness. The girl inside the kangaroo’s belly represents women and their emotions. This painting aims to experiment with secondary colour and softness of colour attached to a large scale. Perspective, narrative, decoration, patterning and humour were again exploring.






Girl & Animal



Solo Exhibition, 2011
Firstsite Gallery, Melbourne
mixed media

The best horror films start on a bright day with an expertly subliminal touch of unease. These drawings are a satire of innocence and naivety, where the flat colours and stitching underline a disconcerting reality. This exhibition combined paintings, drawing and hand-painted murals.

Timeless



installation, 2010
mixed media

This collection of artworks were gathered togethe for this installation. Despite their scattered origins, this has become a timeless memory of artist’s art process. The materials used for this work ranged from glitter to acrylic, reflecting a personal playground of a wild and whimsical mind where fantasy comes from vision.







Series - Forest Wilderness
watercolour on paper, 21 x 30 cm, 2016

Wandering, acrylic on wall, est. 4 m, between Pigdon Stt and Amess St Melbourne, 2015







ARTWORK  —





Somewhere Between



2019 - 2020
Digital drawing, 60 x 42 cm

Shown as part of my solo exhibition - Somewhere Between - at Black Cat Gallery in Melbourne, 2019.

Closer than Close



2019
Acrylic and thread on paper, 29 x 24 cm

Shown as part of my solo exhibition - Somewhere Between - at Black Cat Gallery in Melbourne, 2019.






Series - Forest Wilderness
watercolour on paper, 21 x 30 cm, 2016

Wandering, acrylic on wall, est. 4 m, between Pigdon Stt and Amess St Melbourne, 2015





INK DRAWINGS




ink and yellow thread on paper
The feminine world is made out to seem so complicated; we are either simplistic to the point of stereotyping all women together, or mysterious to be labelled as unreachable.

But like anything else, once the layers are peeled back, there is so much more to explore. These drawings depict how fun, quirky and poetic the feminine world can be when the imagination is not constricted by gendered perspectives.