☞ For the Birds
I really love birds. I envy them too. I love that they can fly and sing. I find them captivating, inspirational, beautiful, and all around wonderful entities. So, when I got back to Jakarta after a long summer abroad and received the invitation to Inkubator’s exhibition titled Birds, I was delighted, and couldn’t wait to go.
The show is by artist PinkGirlGoWild, a.k.a. Eunice Nuh. It’s a beautiful mixed-media affair with a video, sculptures, and drawings all using the winged creatures to depict loss, longing, and love. Eunice’s Beautiful Victim series consists of three ink on paper doily illustrations each depicting a highly stylized little bird perched daintily in the center of a paper nest. While the drawings entertain a certain delicate whimsy, a dark underpinning is present too, as the birds are faceless, and as the title suggests, victims.
Hanging from clothespins on the wall were a bevy of ink on paper drawings featuring cartoon birds in comical situations. Lighthearted and capricious the drawings had an irreverent edge that made them a delectable treat to read.
In the background a CD of bird songs played that the artist had procured for roughly 1 usd. The lovely sound of birds chirping called to mind peaceful moments outdoors, and created a sort of sad juxtaposition with the realization that the magical sound of birds singing can be a manufactured product. It was a purposeful gesture on Eunice’s part, as she had reached that conclusion when she came upon the CD, and hoped to effectuate that same awareness at the opening.
Birds, is a beautiful, fun, and contemplative exhibition. Ornithology enthusiasts and art lovers alike will thoroughly enjoy what Birds has to offer.
☞ Birds by PinkGirlGoWild
August 20-September 11, 2011
Inkubator at forme building
Wijaya 1 no. 39