MARLA JONES
Renaissance Designer
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Nothing is Simple

I spent a month abroad in Yogyakarta, Indonesia working with the artist collective Taring Padi. Their mission is to make art for the public, not for the individual glory of the artist. Taring Padi's work is often political in nature and even though many people work on each piece, individuals can rework any part of the project done by another artist. 

This unique process was helpful to me while we were making our 8 ft x 3 ft hand-carved print "Nothing is Simple" or in Bahasa (Indonesian) "Tidak Sederhana." Each person in the collective presented an idea for a print, but we collectively agreed on my concept. All environmental and political issues are never black and white. Even things seen as "good" like organic farming, might be bad if that produce is shipped in from long distances and uses fossil fuels in transportation. Thus, every issue is never simple. This print shows that duality and how muddled things get in the in between. 

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