I use every opportunity to collaborate with other artists and stakeholders to reach community and create a sense of belonging through my art practice..
Tell us a little about your background – what did you study and what path led you to what you are doing today?
Sasi arrived in Australia in 1970, to further her education. Her life took a different direction away from safe, familiar paths and directed her to an exciting path through visual art.
It has provided her with many challenges to find new ways to work, to seek visibility and voice to contribute to the arts in her community. Although a trained printmaker, she explores a variety of art processes as means to highlight, develop and uncover concepts that she is passionate about. Living in a very peripheral art landscape, her self-generated projects have highlighted Cairns as a vibrant and diverse artistic hub.
What are the key themes, concepts, and ideas that you engage with in your work and how do you express these visually and physically?
Together with imagery, she discovered a passion for writing and worked to combine visual images with text to tackle human rights issues, migration and belonging. She gives women’s empowerment art workshops, artist talks, speaks at conferences and seminars and has also contributed to many international, national and local art journals.
She developed with the assistance of the Q150 and a RADF grant, her children’s books, Moving House and Crockee’s Country where she explores and celebrates the intangible heritage of Cairn’s where she lives. They emerge against the fascinating tropical backdrop of familiar, yet unique spaces she now calls her home.
Currently she is developing the project Alice in the Antipathies, an inter-medial performance work that is inter and transcultural collaborating with Jute theatre in North Queensland and Masakini Theatre in Malaysia for final production.
Where do you derive your inspiration from?
The community, its people and the need to make a difference always provide inspiration for my work. I participate in and promote the arts in my community and contribute actively to making my environment as dynamic and innovative as I can by pushing boundaries and rising to any challenges.
How has your practice change over time?
My practice is diverse and concept driven. I use every opportunity to collaborate with other artists and stakeholders to reach community and create a sense of belonging through my art practice. She is increasingly aware of the value of the collaborative, interdisciplinary processes as a means to strategically broaden and refresh her art practice. This provides the scope for a greater audience reach through international exchanges and connections.
What do you want the viewer to experience when they’re experiencing your works?
The viewer, by being exposed to ideas and experiences of otherness through art, is able to understand difference and to embrace diversity in its myriad forms.