Melampaui Batas (Beyond Boundaries), 2016
Antique boat, terracotta and found materials
Collection of the Artist
Djirna’s art seeks to transcend the boundaries between interiorities and outward form, the physical and the spiritual, the microcosm and the macrocosm. Within his installation of found objects is an antique ironwood boat, symbolic of journeying between the Nusantara (the Indonesian archipelago) and the larger world, as well as between the worlds of the living and the dead (in Balinese belief, the boat carries the soul to its ancestral abode after death). Hundreds of terracotta figurines, symbolising humanity, exhibit individual expressions, even as their numbers suggest a community, and the clay, their frailty. Close by stands a tree fashioned from driftwood; within its trunk and branches are fragments of other lives, cultures and civilisations. This is a tree ‘beyond time’, collapsing boundaries of distance, space, and culture. Charged with a numinous quality, Djirna’s installation is a personal cosmology that maps the voyages of his artistic imagination, as well as worlds beyond rational apprehension.