Pua kumbu is such a traditional and iconic weaving of the Iban tribe from Sarawak. The revision of the age old traditional textile allows the possibility of multiple subjectives of the piece and its embroidered motto.
Embroidered Text in Iban reads: “Agi idup, agi ngelaban”.
A direct translation, word for word from Iban to English is “Still Alive, Still Fight.”
English Translation: “As long as you’re alive, you keep on fighting.”
It is equivalent to “Dum spiro spero” means “While I breathe, I hope” in Latin.
Pua Kumbu and embroidery thread
43.75” x 43.75”
IONA MOIRA EVEMARIE DANALD
Identifying as Bidayuh and working primarily with textile, Danald’s work is an exploration of femininity, mental health and recovery. Trained in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Danald left her role as a Research & Development Engineer in 2017 to focus on her mental health. Through her journey of recovery, Danald rediscovered her initial life’s dedication – her commitment to working with the less fortunate and people with disabilities through visual arts. She helped adults with disabilities and taught art therapy during her residency at Asia Community Services’ Stepping Stone, Penang, and volunteered to teach remedial classes at St Mary’s Primary School, Kuching, in 2019. Currently, she’s an art teacher at Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Danald is the Winner of Spotlight 2019 by Penang Art District and Malaysia Emerging Artist Award Finalist 2019. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Kuching, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. AYE : Across Sarawak and Scotland is her first solo exhibition.