Artist Dyah Bazerghi presented Victoria with her first solo exhibition at Deer Park, located at Hunt Club Community & Arts Centre. Titled “Culture and Nature”, this exhibition is held from August 5 to September 22, 2022.
Although the exhibition has been held for quite some time, Dyah had the opportunity to officially open her exhibition on Friday (9/9/2022), attended by a number of Indonesian diaspora in Victoria. The Indonesian Consul General for Victoria and Tasmania Kuncoro Giri Waseso also attended the opening, giving a short remark to the visitors.
Dyah, who was previously known for her distinct acrylic and alcohol-based fluid art style, showcased her works on various media. This not only included her unique cheese board art, but also on other trinkets such as earrings, coasters, and crockeries such as cups. All of Dyah’s showcased works can be purchased by visitors.
Being her first solo exhibition, Dyah admitted her excitement, having started her artistic career showcasing her works in various Victorian makers markets. “I am grateful to have been chosen to exhibit my works here,” said Dyah during the exhibition’s opening.
Dyah Bazerghi has been an enthusiast of art since her youth, having been inspired by her grandmother (eyang) who was a batik painter. However, Dyah had only started her artistic career after the COVID-19 pandemic, following the stagnation of her tour and travel business due to lockdowns. After that, Dyah often appeared as an Indonesian artist based in Melbourne in various art exhibitions, one of which was Warpan Djoyo’s exhibition in 2021.
Along with presenting her artwork, Dyah’s exhibition also held acrylic pouring workshops for visitors aged 6-12 years old. “I would also like to share what God has given to me to others,” she stated. During the opening, Dyah also gave a brief presentation on her fluid art techniques to visitors.
“My hope is that I can share the diversity of Indonesian culture through my paintings,” said Dyah. “As an Indonesian, to be honest I would like to introduce Indonesia in Australia.”
The exhibition garnered positive response from the Consul General. “Hopefully ibu Dyah can open another exhibition here next year,” remarked the Consul. “And I also hope that what ibu Dyah has accomplished can inspire other members of the Indonesian diaspora.”
By: Jason Ngagianto
Photos: Jason Ngagianto