Artist in Residence: Kelley Morris
American, from Holden Beach, NC
Sometimes we are fortunate enough to discover ourselves exactly where we are supposed to be at exactly the right time in life. Purnati was such an experience for me, the positive spirit there contagious, the opportunity for personal and professional growth, unlimited. Residency at Purnati provided me the necessary wide-open space, uninterrupted time, and fresh perspective to approach a new body of work in oil painting. It was simultaneously a relaxing and incredibly productive month, thanks to the genuinely supportive staff, readily available resources, and inspiration at every level of the senses. I was particularly struck by the saturation of color and texture in the landscape and foliage (I have never seen so many shades of green!), and the rich cultural history and traditions that continue to permeate daily life on the island. The Balinese commitment to the value of “process” in everything they do, rather than product, affected the way that I approached my own work as well. Painting sessions flowed… and were infused with a sense of joy, gratitude and humility, that freed me up to explore new color combinations and subject matter.
JANE INGRAM ALLEN, Artist in residence from USA
Jane Ingram Allen is an American sculptor/installation
artist and hand papermaker. At Purnati she worked on two projects:
Printmaking Plants of Bali, Indonesia (created handmade papers using
the leaves of banana, banyan tree, beach hibiscus, cogon grass,
philodendron, sago palm and white-striped flax lily) and Map of
She is originally from Alabama and has been living in New York State
since 1988. In 2004 she received a Fulbright Scholar Award for a
six-month research project on hand papermaking in Taiwan. Her Fulbright
grant was extended through July 2005 with sponsorship by the Taiwan
Council for Cultural Affairs/National Endowment for Culture and
Art. Her relationship with Taiwan continues till today: she has
been teachimng and living there for several years.
Jane’s artworks are site-specific installations that are inspired
by nature and created from materials collected in a particular place
and time. Many of her works change over time and are focused on
environmental issues. She makes collaborative works and community
art projects that involve viewer participation and integrate the
process with nature as a partner.