Signs of Life is an exploration of how memories and experiences directly correlate with an artistic process. The documentary captures the perspectives of Australian artist, John Kaye as he travels around Indonesia creating art. John Kaye is a self-trained painter who specializes in large-scale paintings with a split practice between painting walls and studio work. Consciously aware of the separation and balance of these two worlds colliding. The film takes place in the Special Region of Yogyakarta in Indonesia, on the island of Java. As the only Indonesian royal city still ruled by a monarchy, Yogyakarta is regarded as an important center for classical Javanese fine arts and culture. John creates paintings in response to his experiences. Over the span of three weeks, John travels through the region by motorbike visiting villages to meet with locals who open their doors and share their culture.