2012. Live art; graphite on paper
Path. 2, Travelling Body began with Widjaja visiting Hongdai Cun, Jiaomei, Xiamen, his late paternal grandfather’s hometown, with his parents. Upon his return to Singapore, the artist felt he was still in motion, that he had not yet arrived home. The kinetic body continues in motion until it meets resistance. In an attempt to come to rest, Widjaja engaged in daily live portrait drawing of his father at the Yellow River Arts Centre Singapore base for a two-week period.
The portraiture sessions started with subject sitting across the table. As days passed, physical distance between artist and subject grew, an inversion to the length of days that father and son spent together for this work. In the last sessions, subject was sitting at the gallery's office almost 20 m away from artist; the latter looking to remembrance to draw his father's face.
2012 Path. 2, Travelling Body, Yellow River Arts Centre S-base, Gillman Barracks Singapore (solo exhibition)