Mixed media collage on panel,
72"h x 60"w, Item No. 12270,
Borneo Schoolgirls depicts three Dayak girls in the jungles of Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo. The piece addresses ecological issues that greatly impact Borneo's Indigenous in terms of sustaining long-standing cultural and spiritual traditions that are inexorably linked with the natural world from which they arose. It is a way of life that is quickly vanishing in the face of encroaching urbanization with its insatiable demands: as the wild is leveled to make room for the tame and as tribal communities abandon their longhouses in search of work in urban centers.
The use of "Schoolgirl" in the title refers to the education that the natural world, in this case the jungle, traditionally provides.