MASSIVE TERRITORY by Anniketyni Madian

HOM Residency’s second artist for 2011 debuts her sculptural works
Anniketyni Madian’s ‘Massive Territory’ features dynamic kinetic sculptures 

Kuala Lumpur – Just fresh off Seah Ze Lin’s HOM Residency exhibition, House of MATAHATI (HOM) is already preparing itself for this month’s second residency exhibition, which presents the sculptural works of its second HOM artist-in-residence, Anniketyni Madian.

A Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) graduate, Anniketyni has recently completed the six-month residency alongside Seah and her exhibition, Massive Territory, showcases the products from her time at the HOM studios in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Working exclusively with wood, Anniketyni defies all presumptions about the medium of sculpture, which in the Malaysian visual arts scene has largely been dominated by male artists. Working with carpentry tools to create her dynamic kinetic sculptures, Anniketyni has given this labour-intensive task her all and the results, which can be seen in the exhibition from November 24 – December 3, speak for themselves.

The young artist’s wooden sculptures spiral, twist and coil like staircases. There are six works in total and they are altogether characterized by their organic shapes, which in directly reference her East Malaysian heritage and its abundance of nature.

“I love playing with materials in 360 degrees. I love structure and I also love to play with form and space,” explains Anniketyni, whose latest works are developments of a theme that she started working on in 2009.

Anniketyni’s time on the HOM Residency also been a milestone for the gallery, as she is the first female sculpture to ever feature at HOM.

“We are proud to introduce Anniketyni’s works to our collectors and the general public as the technical accomplishment of her works are great and she shows a lot of promise with this medium. And, this really epitomizes what the whole residency is about – HOM Residency gives promising, young Malaysian artists the chance to work in a studio without interruption and to produce good artworks that will one day go into the annals of our local art history,” states Bayu Utomo Radjikin, HOM’s Director and a senior Malaysian artist.

For her body of work in Massive Territory, Anniketyni sought inspiration from various sources. However, architectural forms like the imaginative structures designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and the kinetic sculptures of Reubin Margolin have been the most gripping. “I have a curiosity about how these things are made,” she muses.

Despite the fact that her time on the HOM Residency has come to an end, Anniketyni will continue to produce works and she will also be focusing on her Masters degree at Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang, where she is researching the role of Mathematics in art.

For now, don’t miss the opportunity to view Anniketyni’s kinetic sculptures. Entrance to the exhibition is free and HOM is located at 6A Jalan Cempaka 16, Taman Cempaka, 68000 Ampang, Selangor.

About Artist

Anniketyni Madian (B.1986) hails from Kuching, Sarawak. She moved to the peninsular to study Fine Art at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in 2010, majoring in sculpture.

As a student, Anniketyni participated in various group exhibitions. This includes Belief and V2 at 360 Development Studio, Kuala Lumpur and a showing of young artists’ works at RA Fine Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur in 2009. Her works were also traveled at an open exhibition in Dakha, Bangladesh the same year.

In 2010, her works were exhibited at various locations around Malaysia’s capital, such as MAP@Publika in Solaris Dutamas, Art Village Gallery in Bangsar, Galeri Chandan in Bukit Damansara, and the National Art Gallery at the heart of the city centre.

Her experience in arts management includes curating for Artspace Gallery in Bangsar and Anniketyni also curated Art Village Gallery’s H20 watercolour exhibition in 2010.

Asides from her artistic practice and other responsibilities, Anniketyni has also kept busy with numerous community-related activities in her adopted state, as well as back home in Kuching. This is her first artist’s residency.