For details of current artists in residence at DRAWInternational, please see artist statements and links below:
Boedi Widjaja (Singapore) – May 2014
Boedi Widjaja (b. 1975) was born in Surakarta, Java, Indonesia, and lives and works in Singapore. Trained in architecture, Widjaja provided graphic design consultancy to multi-national corporations for a decade before coming into full-time art practice.
For Widjaja, the world exists as a fractured construct that originates from his childhood experience of having to leave home due to ethnic tension, and coming to live in an alien city apart from his parents, moving four times among stranger-families in the first five years. Places became amorphous entities, existing as identities and mythologies, which he visits through the themes of Asia, Metropolis, Paradise, and Domus.
Widjaja approaches subjects from a critical proximity and depends primarily on first-hand experiences. Widjaja’s artistic practices often involve drawing, mark making and human interaction as methods and include elements of liveness, aleatoricism and serialization.
Recent awards and commissions include: First Prize in the Land Transport Authority Art Competition for Beauty World Station (2012); Public art commission Asemic Text (2012); Recipient of Substation’s Visual Art Open Call (2012); Highly Commended Award at the 31st UOB Painting of the Year Competition (2012); Commission by the Yellow River Arts Centre for Yellow River Arts Centre logo (2012) and Sungai, Sejarah (2012); Finalist for Celeste Prize 2012 for Ian, Rem, Kal; and Grand Prize (Sound Arts) forPalimpsest – INSITU Fort Canning Hill at Bains Numeriques #7 in France (2012).
The last project was developed through INSITU.ASIA, an ongoing artist travelogue conceived by Widjaja in 2010. Together with artists from diverse disciplines and cultures, Widjaja visits poetic places in Asia to map them, and to make original works which are presented as performances, exhibitions and artists’ books. Two places have been artist-mapped to date – Fort Canning Hill, Singapore and Tenganan, Bali.
Angela Gooliaff (Canada) – June 2014
Angela Gooliaff’s work explores parody, exaggeration through multiples and vulnerability—more specifically, the silent space between comfort and discomfort. The themes chosen mirror human behavior—trends, patterns in communication and question established socially acceptable ideas. For example, a past exploration involved illustrating QR-Codes comprised entirely of ants investigated society’s need to find connection via
a form of socially-accepted conformity. The work generally seeks truly unique behavior within a culture bombarded with social conditioning inclined towards likeness.
The technical components of the illustrations rethink the use of line and shape in contemporary practices. As mentioned by Robin Lynch, the Curatorial Assistant of the Evergreen Centre, that although there is a quiet contemplative nature to the drawing style, there is a contemporary design influence with stylized line and patterns. The line draws viewers in to the patterns comprised of hundreds of ants. At a micro level, the subject matter is biological—typically ants or flowers. The end result creates simultaneous sensations of attraction and repulsion.
Angela Gooliaff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science with Honours, majoring in Biology and minoring and Psychology. She worked at Toxicology Centre at the University of Saskatchewan before returning to study art and design at Emily Carr University. A self-directed artist residency at The Banff Centre in 2009 led to a series of exhibitions throughout the Lower Mainland, Calgary, and Toronto. A board member for the Emily Carr University of Art + Design Alumni Association, she co-curates the Emily Carr Alumni Gallery, is a member of the Communication Committee and writes a monthly column called Artist Tag. Her work is collected by a number of private collectors and can be seen at the Burnaby Art Gallery. Gooliaff lives in Vancouver.