Mella Jaarsma: The Size of Rice

13 April 2021 - 28 August 2021
A+ Works of Art


The Size of Rice is a solo exhibition by Mella Jaarsma, a Dutch artist who has been living and working in Yogyakarta since 1984. The exhibition takes inspiration from a grain of rice, a traditional measurement unit in a shared agrarian heritage of Southeast Asia. It was this common measurement unit that made the commerce in the region possible. However, measurements also serve other purposes beyond commerce. Measurements are is also a system of quantification for building and dwelling. In an archipelago country like Indonesia which consist of 1,340 ethnic groups, a diversity of systems of measurement also diversifies the process of worlding itself.⁠⁠⁠
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Taking an inspiration from the significance of a size of rice in measurement as a key concept of this exhibition, Jaarsma invited four performers with diverse ethnical and cultural backgrounds in Indonesia to collaborate with her. Based on each dancer’s ontological understanding of preferred correlations, namely length, weight, time and distance (inter-space), the artist created an object for each individual. After the art objects took shape, she welcomed the performer to interacts with the artwork that came into being through their own understanding of the world. The exhibition is a showcase of artworks, drawing, painting and video works from this new series.⁠⁠⁠
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The Size of Rice will be exhibiting at A+ Works of Art from the 13th April to 28th August 2021. Call or email us to make a viewing appointment.⁠⁠⁠

Mella Jaarsma: The Size of Rice

Mella Jaarsma: The Size of Rice

13 April 2021 - 28 August 2021
A+ Works of Art


The Size of Rice is a solo exhibition by Mella Jaarsma, a Dutch artist who has been living and working in Yogyakarta since 1984. The exhibition takes inspiration from a grain of rice, a traditional measurement unit in a shared agrarian heritage of Southeast Asia. It was this common measurement unit that made the commerce in the region possible. However, measurements also serve other purposes beyond commerce. Measurements are is also a system of quantification for building and dwelling. In an archipelago country like Indonesia which consist of 1,340 ethnic groups, a diversity of systems of measurement also diversifies the process of worlding itself.⁠⁠⁠
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Taking an inspiration from the significance of a size of rice in measurement as a key concept of this exhibition, Jaarsma invited four performers with diverse ethnical and cultural backgrounds in Indonesia to collaborate with her. Based on each dancer’s ontological understanding of preferred correlations, namely length, weight, time and distance (inter-space), the artist created an object for each individual. After the art objects took shape, she welcomed the performer to interacts with the artwork that came into being through their own understanding of the world. The exhibition is a showcase of artworks, drawing, painting and video works from this new series.⁠⁠⁠
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The Size of Rice will be exhibiting at A+ Works of Art from the 13th April to 28th August 2021. Call or email us to make a viewing appointment.⁠⁠⁠

Mella Jaarsma: The Size of Rice