Location: ArtSpace @ HeluTrans, 39 Keppel Rd, #01-05, Singapore 089065
Melati Suryodarmo, MOSS 2, 2018, STPI handmade coloured linen and lokta pulp painting, 44 x 102.5 cm. © Melati Suryodarmo / STPI.
Our second edition of PRINT SCREEN features Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo, running from 10 September – 9 October 2022. Known for her durational, physically-demanding performances, Suryodarmo finds a new receptacle for translating her artistic concerns through her print and paper explorations. Taking an investigative and excavational approach towards lost spaces and the histories they carry, many of her STPI works retain the traces of an abandoned site where she draws out the psychological aspects of forgotten spaces—and with it, the slow fading of an existence and memories. Yet, through translating elements of the site into her works, Suryodarmo powerfully evokes an affective relationship between memory, the body and site, foregrounding notions of longing and loss.
Each presentation is accompanied by a screening room that aims to expand one’s understanding of the artists’ practice, through highlighting the domains which they are renowned for. For this edition, Suryodarmo’s performance documentations are screened on loop, with one performance being presented per week. Through viewing her print and paper works and the videos in tandem, one can come to better appreciate how the psychological and bodily aspects of her practice inform the artist’s explorations while on residency with STPI.