Artist Statement

I take memories and experiences and materialize them into dioramas set in containers. Once I put them in the containers, they are no longer intangible; they are no longer thoughts, ideas, and memories that disappear or are forgotten. They remind me of who I am. They are safe and protected. These depictions of successes, failures and everything in between are met with acceptance and judgment is non-existent.

Artist Bio

Irene Wibawa draws, paints, makes dioramas, is learning the art of Japanese woodworking and takes dance classes when she is not working, growing plants and tending to insects.


sometimes i show work. most times i just work.     EXHIBITIONS A Place of Her Own, Asian American Women Artists Association, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco, June-September 2014 Terrestrial, Los Medanos Art Gallery, Pittsburg October-November 2013 Lost and Found, Los Medanos Art Gallery, Pittsburg January-March, 2012 A Place of Her Own, Asian American Women Artists Association, SOMArts, San Francisco, May 2011 Awakening the Worlds of Objects and Nature, Ruth’s Table Gallery, San Francisco, January-March 2011 A Place of Her Own, Asian American Women Artists Association, Driftwood Gallery, San Francisco, September 2010 Beyond the Self, Jerry Adams Gallery, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, April 2010 Student Art Show, Jerry Adams Gallery, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, December-February 2010 Asian American Women Artist Association 20th Anniversary Celebration, SOMArts, San Francisco, September 2009 Friday Nights at the de Young Museum presents: College Night: A Tribute to Asian American Art and Cultural Expressions: 1900 to the Present, De Young Museum, San Francisco, November 2008 ProArts Box Art Benefit Auction 2008, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, November 2008 ProArts Open Studios- Digital Arts Club, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, June 2008 ProArts East Bay Open Studios Preview Exhibition, Oakland, May-June 2008 Berkeley City College Open House, Berkeley, April 2008 PUBLIC PERFORMANCES Dancer, Bay Area Flash Mob, 2014-present Dancer with Gadung Kasturi in collaboration with Wan Chao Dance, Keep Her Safe, Please! Jakarta 1998, 2010 Dancer (Balinese), Gadung Kasturi, 2007-2013 Dancer and Musician (Balinese), Gamelan Sekar Jaya, 2004-2007 Dancer (Sundanese), Harsanari Dance Company, 2005 Actor/dancer, Liku-liku Hidupku: the Story of My Life, Kompiang Metri Davies, 2005 EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND Science: Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology, University of California, Davis, CA, 1998 Arts: various classes, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA, 2006-2011 Botanical Illustration, Merritt College, CA, 2008 Dance training (Balinese), 2004-2013, (Sundanese), 2004-2005  


  • Visual Arts
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Southeast Asian
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture