Dyah Retno (Indonesia-Yogyakarta)
Dyah Retno was born on March 9 in Medan and was raised there. She took her undergraduate studies at the Ceramics Craft Department at the Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) Yogyakarta in 2012 and four years later, she continued her master’s studies at ISI Yogyakarta with the same major. Working with ceramics in the contemporary art space since 2014, many of her works have adapted the detailed radiolarian form of single plankton cells scattered in the ocean.
“Physis” was her most ambitious project to date where she has worked on from 2016 to 2020, Dyah envisioned herself not only as an artist, but also attempting to bring science into her work in processing ceramic waste so that it can become a new material with optimal properties, just like original ceramic material. In the series “Physis” she tries to criticize the ceramic industry labeled “environmentally friendly” which was not actually responsible for the production of its waste.
Dyah’s works has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Indonesia, Bentara Budaya Bali, ArtJakarta, Sonobudoyo Museum, and lately, at Asana Bina Seni Biennale Jogja.
Her solo exhibition was held at Pendhapa Art Space, Yogyakarta (2017). Group exhibitions was held including Asana Bina Seni Your Connection Was Interrupted, Yogyakarta Cultural Park (2020); Wirama Group Exhibition FKY, Sonobudoyo Museum, Yogyakarta (2019); Social Envoy, Bentara Budaya Bali (2019); and Gegayutan Nandur Srawung, Yogyakarta Cultural Park (2019).