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Title

Halfway to the light, halfway through the night

2010-2014


Artist

Jumaadi

Indonesia

25 Sep 1973 -


About

Jumaadi’s subjects are universal – love, loss, suffering, joy ‒ transcending borders, language and time. In many ways his drawings are like an ongoing visual diary that refer to both present and past, the material world and the world of the imagination. 'Halfway to the light, halfway through the night' draws from the events of the artist’s life that refer to both present and past, the material world and that of the imagination.

A monumental installation, the work calls to mind epic sagas and myths. Meaning is allusive and open to individual interpretation; the drawings can be displayed in a multitude of arrangements, suggesting infinite possibilities. The drawings represent the interdependence of people and nature. It presents the artist’s complex, ongoing personal iconography of fanciful beasts and magical figures which includes people he has known, and those he has invented. The figures have their source in landscape – both people in landscape, and landscape becoming people. As Jumaadi drew this work, some portraits of family members – his mother or brother – began to emerge while simultaneously retaining their metaphorical or universal character.

Jumaadi carries materials wherever he travels. These drawings were made over five years and completed during an artist’s residency at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, South Carolina, in 2014. He carried some of the drawings for up to four years before the residency in Charleston gave him the time and space to complete them.


Details


Date

2010-2014


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

chinagraph, pencil on mulberry paper


Dimensions

58 sheets, each sheet approximately 50.0 x 76.0 cm dimensions variable


Credit

Mollie and Jim Gowing Bequest Fund 2017


Location

Not on display


Accession number

90.2017.a-fff


Artist information

Jumaadi

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Anne Ryan, Close to home: Dobell Australian drawing biennial 2016, "Jumaadi", pg. 24-29, Sydney, 2016, 8, 13-15, 22 (illus.)-24, 25 (illus.), 26-27 (illus.), 28-29 (illus.), 66-67, 76.