Recalling through batik
Schoolchildren have used ancient Indonesian art to mark the 10th anniversary of the tragic 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
More than 200 Kohia Terrace School students worked with Epsom artist Rozana Lee to create batik cloths as part of the Patches of Life 2004 to 2014 exhibition.
The traditional cloths have wax applied and then dyed.
The exhibition is based on Lee’s own experience of the tsunami, which killed hundreds of thousands of people, including her mother, when it struck Asia.
Her home town is in Indonesia’s Aceh Province, near the epicentre of the 9.3-magnitude earthquake.
She was living in Singapore at the time with her husband and two children. Her father, Karimun, and brother Rudy who were still in Aceh survived, but her mother, Rosna, 63, was killed.
Lee says the event made her re-evaluate her life.
It was the catalyst for giving up a 15-year career in banking to paint fulltime, she says.
The community art project is funded by Creative Communities Auckland.
The batik cloth, together with Lee’s paintings, will be exhibited at Mt Eden Village Centre, 449 Mt Eden Rd, until May 25.