Interdisciplinary textile sculptor and Installation artist Aluaiy Kaumakan 阿儒瓦苡．篙瑪竿 (b. 1971) belongs to a leading noble family of the Paiwan Nation from the Paridrayan Community of Pingtung County in southern Taiwan. She creates sculptures with wool, cotton, copper, silk, and glass beads, weaving organic or vegetal forms.
She uses ‘Lemikalik’: a Paiwan artistic technique that consists of weaving in concentric circles – intertwining life memories of tribal nobility to form a place for constant conversation and connection. Her practice is inspired by her Paiwan culture and tradition and by her role as an Indigenous woman responding to current issues. In 2009, her village was hit by the particularly violent Typhoon Morakot, forcing the inhabitants to relocate to the Rinari community. Looking for ways to connect members of her displaced community through a creative process, which reactivates and transforms a set of traditions, her work in customary culture becomes a statement about developing ways to dwell in a disturbed environment.
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