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  1. Drawing On The Ashes (double happiness), 202. Ceramic, ash from the temple, variable.

  1. Let Me To Entertain You (with unFORTUNE COOKIE), 2020, ceramic, variable.

  2. Sad Moments (longevity), 2021, ceramic, 10x15x15cm

Jayanto Tan is a Sydney based visual artist who was born and raised in a small town in North Sumatra to a Sumatran-Christian mother and Guandong-Taoist father. From lived experience of poverty and political repression, Jayanto’s practice blends Eastern and Western mythologies with the reality of current events. He draws on the identity politics of his diaspora to express personal experiences of ‘otherness’ through ceramics, installation and performance.

Jayanto ties on the family tradition, which takes part in performing a ritual of offering food in everyday life. These ceramic works were created whilst in conversation with family and friends during COVID-19 lockdowns. Navigating personal racial attacks, gender identity, migration and familial narratives, these charged conversations are rendered as ceramic food and offered as everyday ritual that propose from the past to the present, from trauma to healing, to a diverse future of togetherness in our multicultural Australia.
Jayanto Tan
https://jayantodamaniktan.com
Instagram @jayanto_art


With Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Fine Art from National Art School, his works have been selected for the churchie emerging art prize 2021, the 66th Blake Prize, Incinerator Art Award 2020-2021, Sculpture at Sawmillers McMahons Point, HIDDEN Rookwood Sculpture Walk, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award; a solo show at Verge Gallery, Firstdraft, Australia-China Institute for the Arts and a group show at 4A Center Contemporary Asian Art. Jayanto also won the 11th Greenway Art Prize and the 2021 Sydney Easter Show in a small sculpture category.

He was a recipient of art grants from the City of Sydney, Diversity Arts Australia, Create NSW, Australia Council, Northern Beaches Council, Inner West Council, City of Parramatta and Nava Artist’ Benevolent Fund.

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