Mella Jaarsma, born in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, 1960, often creates works in the form of costumes, designs, and performance art to respond to social and political issues in Indonesia, especially on discrimination, racialism, minorities, and identity. She had received international acknowledgement, among them: Singapore Art Museum, Third Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Limerick Art Gallery, Gwangju Biennial, Yokohama Triennial, Katonah Art Museum, The National Gallery Indonesia, and Royal Academy of Arts. She was awarded the ‘Adhikarya Rupa’ by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Industry in 2010, the Biennial Art Award in 2010, and John D Rockefeller 3rd Award 2006. She is also one of the artists who became patrons of collaborative and participatory artistic practices. With her spouse Nindityo Adipurnomo, she co-founded Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta, a space that hosts and organizes art exhibitions, projects, and residency.
"Training the Mind to Doubt" is a tribute for world thinkers especially in Indonesia. Research and scientific statement are inseparable from the findings of other researchers; this connection is an interesting process. The installation consists of 4 books that have big impacts on Indonesian scholars, as well as reflecting history, social sciences, religion, gender studies, and anthropology, which would be reprinted on long ribbons that latter would be rolled up to become heavy balls. These balls are being balance on top of the head in a performance, like in Balinese tradition of offerings, with the belief that only the head could be used for grand matters.
The science does not teach certainty; science trains the common sense to dare to doubt"