The Princess and the Pea signifies the pressures in adulthood. Layers of textiles are representative of the differing degrees of pressure. Although the textiles are made of various types of fabric, they are subjected to an identical weaving process. The traditional bell is linked back to my Bidayuh roots and how it is worn during Gawai festivals. It is the remembrance and celebration of life itself. I am that bell that is trapped under that glass jar.
We, the observers, are all participating viewers of the tall textile tower which has collapsed into a dense mass of impenetrable fibres.
Traditional Bidayuh bells, late grandmother’s batik fabric remnants, glass jars, chiffon, paper
7” x 4”
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.