Mary Oliphant Prize.
Seventh Gallery Award.
BESTOWED: EXPLORING TRAUMA AS A FORM OF INHERITANCE THROUGH CERAMIC SCULPTURES AND RITUALISED PERFORMANCE
Reimagining heirlooms from the artist’s Javanese heritage to create ceramic sculptural work, Bestowed challenges the persistence of filial piety in contemporary Indonesian society. Shedding light on the complicated relationships that emerge from outdated values, the intricate sculptures and installations carry and release hidden narratives from personal lived experiences. This self-reflexive, cathartic process chronicles the artist’s journey to emancipation.
Indonesian-born artist Addin Sugarda uses various Mid Fire clay bodies and miscellaneous materials to emulate a modified version of heirlooms and objects from their heritage. The intricate sculptures carry and release hidden narratives from their personal lived experience. Their performative practice offers a visceral, immersive experience that includes ritualistic vocalisations and shadow puppetry.