DewiThe word for goddess in Indonesian and Malay is borrowed from Hinduism. Devi, signifies the presence of superior, noble beauty. However, Dewi is also one of the most common female names in the Malay Islands. By making this the title of her solo exhibition, artist Nadia Bamadaj evokes a sense of commonality between man and God. Her work blends aesthetic appeal with a certain sublime sensibility. drool exquis.of Ranang Pijar, 2023, a featureless, angular face towering above eye level, made of patina cast brass in a robin’s egg-like blue hue. Beneath it hangs a drop-shaped resin uterus unevenly covered with goat skin and internally illuminated.for harvestIn 2023, a metal hook attached to a buffalo-skin heart supports a tapering mass of dark-blue, silver-striped testicles, from which delicate metal rods grow like mycelium. I’m here. In addition to a wide range of materials, Bamadaji serves as a formal element that speaks to the female psyche, precariously positioned between the sacred and the profane, the exquisite and the hopeless, the broken and the whole. , revealing hooks and wires that are normally hidden.
Intersected with Bamadaji’s vertically suspended sculptures are charcoal studies that diary depict horizontal landscapes. She places abstract yet material forms drawn out by serpentine traces of gold leaf in areas of blurred penumbra. Painted on paper collages, the paintings are carefully placed to interact with the shadows of the suspended objects, transforming the exhibition into an experimental combination of material symbiosis.