Re­call­ing through batik

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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