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Mixed Media 2016 Photo By Reiko Fujii

Mixed Media 2016 Photo By Reiko Fujii

Mixed Media 2016 Photo By Reiko Fujii

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 is an ethnic Chinese, born in Indonesia, and has lived in the US since 1983 when she was 8 years old. Her lifelong interest in art began in childhood, learning to draw with Pak Tino on TV and playing with Legos. Eventually she focused on responsible immigrant goals, such as becoming the 6th grade Spelling Bee Champion at Commonwealth Elementary School, receiving her B.S. in Plant Biology from UC Davis, and gaining employment and a retirement plan at USDA Agricultural Research Services conducting experiments with plants and insects since 2004.

 

In 2006, she returned to her interests in visual art starting with evening art classes at Berkeley City College. While visiting Open Studios in 2009, she met Cynthia Tom and learned about the Asian American Women Artist Association, through which she gratefully has had multiple opportunities to exhibit, including with InnerEye Arts through Pallavi Sharma despite her lack of interest in selling her work. When not working with plants and insects, or making art, she also dances and helps with managing Bay Area Flash Mob, and trains for Butoh with Oneness Butoh. 

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M. IRENE WIBAWA

P.O. Box 6447, Albany, CA 94706

irenewibawa@gmail.com

irenewibawa.com

Exhibitions

A Place of Her Own, J-Sei, Emeryville, May-June 2018

Grounds for Change, Inner Eye Arts, Lindsey Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, October 2017

Hungry Ghost, Place Collective, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, September-November 2017

Liquid Stories, Inner Eye Arts, Lindsey Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, October 2016

A Place of Her Own, International Hotel, Manilatown Center, San Francisco, May-June 2016

A Place of Her Own, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, November-December 2015

Intersections: Asian American Narratives, Inner Eye Arts, Lindsey Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, February 2015

A Place of Her Own, Asian American Women Artists Association, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco, June-Sept 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 Cultural Center, 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

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

Berkeley City College Open House, Berkeley, April 2008

Public Performances

Dancer, Bay Area Flash Mob, 2014-present

Dancer, solo performance for A New Species, Wibatika irenea, 2016

Dancer (Balinese), Gadung Kasturi and Gamelan Sekar Jaya, 2004-2013,

Dancer (Sundanese), Harsanari Dance Company, 2005

Educational Background

Science: Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology, minor in Entomology, University of California, Davis, CA, 1998

Arts: various art classes, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, and Merritt College, Oakland, CA, 2006-2011,

Other experiences

Co-owner, Bay Area Flash Mob LLC, January 2017-present

Co-curator, A Place of Her Own, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, November-December 2015

Board of Director, Secretary/Treasurer, Gadung Kasturi, 2007-2013

Technical advisor, Educational and Research Center for Tado Clan, Flores Island, Indonesia, 1999-2005

Board of Director, Ethnobotanical Conservation Organization for South East Asia (ECO-SEA), 1999-2005

Publications

Patrick J. Moran, M. Irene Wibawa, and Lincoln Smith. 2017. Tolerance of the eriophyid mite Aceria salsolae to UV-A light and implications for biological control of Russian thistle. Experimental and Applied Acarology 73(3-4):327-338

Agustinus Angkol, Irene Wibawa, and Jeanine M. Pfeiffer. 2012. Ch. 4. Community-based Herbaria in Eastern Indonesia in Jeanine Pfeiffer and Masyarakat Tado (Eds.)Once Sacred Fruits: Human and Cultural Ecology of the Manggarai, Flores Island, Indonesia: Community Based Biocultural Diversity. Saarbrücken, Germany: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing

Thomsen, C.D., Wibawa, M.I., Rice, K.J., and P.E. McGuire. 1996. Sacramento Valley Prairie Biodiversity Project, U.C. Davis. The Four Seasons, Journal of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden 10(2): 44-61

 


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

 

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  • Visual Arts
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • East Asian
  • Southeast Asian
  • Dance
  • Mixed Media