Inspired by the traditional kimonos that I had admired during my visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum this year, I used my late maternal grandmother’s collection of vintage batik to recreate my interpretation of a kimono. The deconstruction of the original sarongs allowed the exploration of the origins and its subsequent history. The large and oddly proportioned kimono is textile symbol of transition and displacement.
Resurrection is a transformative and wearable piece, with connotations of protection and security through the usage of traditional safety pins.
Second hand vintage batik, synthetic silk lining and safety pins
92” x 77”
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.