The Creative Path: Idas’s Way Home
For the last decade, Losin has transitioned from creating paintings imbued with the richness of aboriginal totems to a style characterized by negative space marked with a linguistic signifier or phrase. Idas attributes these changes to 2013 when she was exposed to Austronesian culture during artistic residencies across several islands in the Pacific. Idas explored aboriginal culture on different islands while starting to come to terms with her identity. She now works with her Truku mother to create embroidery and soft figurines. Inspiration for these creative pursuits comes from her mother’s weaving and growing Ramie. Idas continues to create through different forms of weaving; however, even as she assures herself about the future aspirations of the woman seeking to uplift the heartbeat in her paintings, the young artist hopes that one day she can realize her greatest dream.
Artist Idas LOSIN has carried the same family photo for years. The picture shows four generations of Atayal women: her mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and herself. Her great grandmother’s face is tattooed with totems in accordance with Atayal tradition. An Atayal woman must learn to weave before she can have face tattoos. Idas has always wanted face tattoos; but as someone who grew up studying contemporary art, this seemed like a distant dream. She’s wanted face tattoos since she was 20 even though studying weaving is quite difficult. As traditional weaving proved to be much more challenging than painting, Losin decided to mimic weaving in her work.