A Visual Journey
Sasi arrived in Australia in 1970, to further her education. Little did she know that this period of her life would develop her personal choices away from safe, familiar paths and direct her to an exciting path through visual art. She discovered a passion for writing and worked to combine visual images with text for human rights issues. She developed her public speaking techniques to skillfully target her interest in women’s empowerment, delivered at workshops, conferences and seminars. As a writer she has contributed to many international and national
and local art journals.
She developed with the assistance of the Q150 and a RADF grant, her children’s books,
Moving House and Crockee’s Country, which explores and celebrates Cairn’s sense of place. They emerge against the fascinating tropical backdrop of familiar, yet unique spaces she now calls her home. She continues to challenge herself to find new ways to work to seek new opportunities the arts in her community. Although a trained printmaker, she explores a variety of art processes
as means to highlight, develop and uncover concepts that she is passionate about. Living in a very peripheral art landscape, her self-generated projects have highlighted Cairns as a
vibrant and diverse artistic hub.
To devote more time on her own practice, she took up an artist in residence at Chiang Mai
University in 2013 where she has created her exhibition Watermark. As a curator, she is increasingly aware of the value of the collaborative process as a means to strategically broaden and refresh her art practice. Her project Tropics to Tropics to Malaysia last year is to provide benefits to Cairns through soft diplomacy. She recently collaborated with Jute Theatre, Cairns and developed an inter-medial project Alice in the Antipathies that challenged her across disciplines to new areas working with music designer, Tristan Barton, videographer, Glenn Saggers. She has completed for an artist residency through AsiaLink at Rimbun Dahan for three months (March – June 2018) to connect and develop audiences for the coming performance in Malaysia. The work commences intercultural production with Masakini Theatre, Malaysia, in August 2019 with performances in September 2019 and thereafter in October 2019 in Jute Theatre, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.After this if opportunities arise more tours are hoped to reach broader audiences nationally and internationally.
Alice in the Antipathies is the story of Asha, a second -generation Indian diaspora born in Malaysia, who is unable to conform to belong in her cultural setting to be the dutiful daughter in her family. After the race riots in Malaysia, she realizes her inequality as a citizen and persuades her parents to let her study in Australia in the 1970’s during a climate welcoming immigration and multiculturalism.
Her introduction to her new found freedom in boarding school and university meant reconciling her cultural values. She falls in love with a foreign man and makes the uncomfortable choice to settle in Australia where she finds herself poor, isolated from her family and suffers loss of her culture.
Encountering life’s challenges as wife and mother she eventually chooses art as a solace to discover herself. She falls very ill with chemical poisoning through printmaking to still loose more of herself. After encountering many obstacles for viability she finds a strategy to use the text of Alice in Wonderland to help find a voice. She eventually succeeds and commits to this uncanny liaison where by using another’s voice she gains her own.
Video Retracing Footsteps: Back to sites and memories
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