Conversation with the Artist - Suriani Suratman
by Suriani Suratman, Dr Azhar Ibrahim & Seah Tzi-Yan
Suriani Suratman talks about her art, her connected interests in material culture, agitating change for the roles and positions of women, and the influence of her mother, teacher & community mover Saerah Taris. She is joined by Dr Azhar Ibrahim & co-curator Seah Tzi-Yan.
An outreach programme organised by the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore in collaboration with the exhibition 'Suriani Suratman - Pusat: Conversations with my mama Saerah'.
Supported by Arts House Limited. Held at The Arts House.
Suriani Suratman (b. 1959) started pottery classes in 2001 at the Centre for the Arts, National University of Singapore under the tutorship of Master Potter Iskandar Jalil. She continued to study with Iskandar at his studio in Jalan Senyum from 2003 and at Jalan Bahar Clay Studios from 2005. She currently practises at Jalan Bahar Clay Studios where she also teaches ceramics.
Suriani exhibited with Ahmad Abu Bakar at ‘Tanah Air - Homeland’ (2016) at The Private Museum. Her two solos were ‘Cita Seni: Receptacle of Feeling/Filling’ (2017), The Arts House and ‘Alam – A Pottery Exhibition by Suriani Suratman’ (2013), ART2 Gallery, Singapore.
Dr Suriani, a social anthropologist, is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore. Her work in ceramics draws her personal expression to her keen interest in how people are shaped by cultural practice and values passed down.