Installations Journey to Batik Projects Work on paper

The journey of Batik

Titel of work: ‘The journey of Batik’

Location: Electron, Breda (NL)

Technique: Wallpaper installation

Year: 2010


On 20 meter of  wallpaper I painted a pattern based on the bird-like plant motif found on Batik from Lasem (ID) and a pattern based on my ricebird Batik in flight. The wallpapers together form the transformation from bird into motif.

This installation was displayed twice in 2010. In Breda at the exhibition ‘Paper in progress’ and in Leiden during the festival PindaKAAS.

Journey to Batik News Projects

My second ‘journey to Batik’


From September till begin December 2016 I will be staying on Java for my project and second ‘journey to Batik’. On my blog De reis naar Batik,, I will post regular updates about my plans, adventures and travels.

During my 3 month stay I will focus on documenting the Art of Batik. In 2009 Batik became to official UNESCO heritage of Indonesia. The technique of Batik, specifically Tulis (‘Handwritten’), have been under pressure for a long time. At the same time I noticed that in the Indonesian culture & Art it is very alive. The philosophy of Batik as I call it, the language of the patterns, is used in many Art forms from painting to tattoo’s, in dance and fashion. In this ‘journey to Batik’ I’m trying to capture how Batik is being used by different creative industries on Java. How the patterns inspire all these different art forms and how modern fast developments, like software to create motifs, are exciting next to the slow, classical way of creating Batik. My fascination for patterns, both as symbols, as in the development over time, comes together in this project. I’m capturing a tradition that is changing, maybe lost, but will survive in some way. A journey to Batik.


Journey to Batik Projects Work on paper

Difficult Time

The work ‘Difficult Time’ was shown in the exhibition ‘The journey to Batik – Day & Night’ from 16 December 2018 until 20 January 2019 at De Nieuwe Veste in Breda (NL).

Read more about this work also on my blog De reis naar Batik in the post ‘Difficult Time