Batik is “Art for the Gentle Spirit”, which is why she chose this name for her company.
Singaporean-born and Netherlands-based, Shuen-Li Spirit is an avid Batik teacher at the Nationale Associatie voor Beeldend Kunstenaars (National Association of Fine Artists). She also gives Batik classes to children at Kunst Aan de Slinger, as well as various other workshops in The Netherlands. Thanks to her multi-cultural heritage and her talented mother, who taught her the art of Batik, Shuen-Li is able to give workshops in English, Dutch, Mandarin, Malay and Indonesian.
In Singapore, after having obtained a master’s degree in arts education, she taught at local secondary schools and Alliance Française before taking the leap to move to Indonesia in 2009. This switch helped her to discover more about her roots through traditional dance, the local language and of course, Batik. As an advocate for animal rights, she also volunteered at the Bali Animal Welfare Association, and has donated to this charity from the sale of her paintings.
In 2016, she moved to The Netherlands to live with her Dutch partner and since then she has been receiving art commissions every year. Blessed with the opportunity to teach, Shuen-Li enjoys inspiring children and adults alike with the magic of Batik painting and being inspired by their artistic expressions in return.
In 2020, she was invited to teach Batik as a healing modality at the Asociación Reiki Lugo in Spain and the Liku-Liku Center for Creative Therapy in Malaysia.
She has also held several exhibitions in The Netherlands and at the Second Scientific ReAttach Conference based in Macedonia. Her work is featured in the Jaarboek Kunstenaars 2021 (Yearbook of Artists in The Netherlands) from the Kunstweek Foundation.
At present, Shuen-Li is writing a children’s poetry book. She is keen to explore the idea of Batik as medicine for the soul and hopes the Thetis Blacker Award can help her achieve this dream.