Let us introduce you to the fourth Peer to Peer collaboration as part of Art et al. X Ketemu. We have commissioned Indonesian artist Mutia Bunga to collaborate, have conversations with, and be creative with Arts Project Australia artist, Paul Hodges.
Paul Hodges is a mid-career artist known for his masterful figurative paintings. A refined draughtsman and exceptional colourist, Hodges preferred medium is painting. He has worked across a variety of mediums throughout his career, including ceramics, wearable art, printmaking, digital drawing and animation. Drawing on references from magazines and books his subject matter is diverse and is inspired by dancers, fashion, pop icons and the romantic Old Masters.
Paul Hodges has been a regular studio artist at Arts Project Australia since 1998 and held his first solo exhibition at Arts Project Australia in 2015. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions including, Outsider Art Fair, DUTTON Gallery, New York; Spring 1883, Sydney; Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne; National Gallery of Victoria 150th Anniversary, NGV, Melbourne; and Pearls of Arts Project Australia: The Stuart Purves Collection, National touring exhibition. He has also curated two exhibitions We could be Heroes, and Movement & Emotion and has worked on a number of collaborative projects presented at Arts Project Australia, including a series of ceramics with Georgina Cue and a series of photographs with The Sisters Hayes.
Mutia Bunga is a female artist from Denpasar, Bali. Currently working and living in Yogyakarta since 2013. She graduated from Fine Arts Education, majoring in Fine Art (painting) at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta in 2020. Since 2013 she has carried out several projects and art activities in Yogyakarta, and several cities in Indonesia.
Mutia Bunga is one of the initiators of TacTic. TacTic is a multidisciplinary art group formed in 2016, that was formed in response to the presence of waste, especially plastic waste and wanting to take action to care about plastic waste in the realm of art. In 2021, Mutia Bunga became one of the facilitators and Community Development Manager for #MarineDebrisRangers program in Tulamben, Bali with Divers Clean Action for one year