The motifs produced during time-intensive dyeing processes—which uses indigo, urine, and extracts of natural waste materials—are neither conventional fabric nor lace patterns, and they have only a distant relationship to batik painting. Yet, they are simulations and portraits of both. Pattern Nor Painting starts in a batik Workshop in Bantul, Indonesia where an artist reconnects with her blank canvas and the batik techniques she learned from an artist in Serekunda, the Gambia many years ago. As documented in this publication Van Hoorebeke's installations and performances deftly combine unique textiles and ceramics with production-chain goods, ranging from car parts to strawberry jam. Engaging with ages-old traditions of batik production for present-day communities and settings, her work embodies ancient craft, story-telling, time, female thinking, and above all, a connection to the natural world.
Born 1982 in Belgium, Ada Van Hoorebeke lives and works in Berlin. Her practice investigates and expands crafts related techniques such as ceramics, and textile batik that are based on natural dye. The artist developed a keen interest in early 20th centry textiles from the North coast of Java which combine european fairy tale characters and flowers with indochinese and arabic patterns, objects but also traces of the making process taking a sculptural dimension.