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The dance of virgin 65x75cm spray paint on plastic trash 2013The dance of virgin 65x75cm acrylic, ink and spray paint on plastic trash 2013

Brahmana Keling 65x75cm spray paint on plastic trash 2013The curse of Brahmana Keling 65x75cm acrylic, ink and spray paint on plastic trash 2013

Rarung, the dance of anger 104x136cm permanet ink on plastic trash 2013Rarung, the dance of anger 104x136cm permanet ink on plastic trash 2013

Rarung is one of the Rangda most powerful and great student ( Rangda=mystical creature on Balinese Hindu belief)

Among the many sacred figure that is popular in Bali, Rangda big names, and Celuluk and Rarung will probably instantly reminded on a Calonarang story, a story which is still frequently staged by custom villages hustle and bustle of Bali ceremony interrupted its yard. But there are also staging done by involving one of them in the story that is Rangda and Barong Dance for commercial interests and introduction to the culture of Bali for Traveller from overseas.

Rangda as it was known by the whole people of Hindus in Bali, is a figure of a creepy creature, described as a woman with long hair and a ragged nails, tongue, and long breast. (Some beliefs said Rangda symbolize the highest beauty, universal beauty, in old transcript Rangda is unisex and more fearless of symbolism than we know nowadays) Her face is scary and has sharp teeth. But really said Rangda according to etymology, derived from ancient Javanese language that is meaningful from Randa said Janda (widow). Rangda is a reference to the widow of the Tri Wangsa, namely Vaishya, Knight and Brahmana. Whereas the Sudras called Balu and Balu said when in Balinese royale language is Rangda.

In the process, the term for widow Rangda very seldom we hear, because it is worried raises unpleasant effects exist Rangda remember that ‘Aeng’ (horror) and frightening, and is identical to the left of the knowledgeable (pengiwa). In other words, there is the feeling of fear, hurt and embarrassed when said can do the highest black magic knowledge (neluh nerangjana/ngeleak).

In this appearing physically, figure a Rangda some are known by different names such as Rarung variants and Celuluk. In Calonarang play two buttonhole Celuluk and Rarung and is described as a stooge- of the Rangda.

There are two differences are most obvious when quoting figures Rarung and Rangda. When Rangda is a reference to the old Divorced parents belong (lingsir), Rarung figure depicted is far more beautiful and younger. Viewed in terms of the colors used, Rangda is usually portrayed in a way that more extensive use of tapel or white mask.

IMG_1587nThe Celuluk leak from Bali 87x135cm acrylic, ink on plastic trash 2013

Not much different from the above two figures, Celuluk was described as the same creepy figure and as mentioned earlier, Celuluk known as his accomplices in the play Calonarang Rangda.

For me personally, in such form of face, Celuluk far more terrifying than the figure of Rangda sacred by Hindus in Bali and also Rarung. With a distinctive skull shape, plus a large grin and teeth as well as sharp, Celuluk figure reportedly able to put the fear of those who looked closely only of elements or mask alone.

The war that we never win 125x125cm permanet ink on plastic trash 2013The war that we never win 125x125cm permanet ink on plastic trash 2013

Barong and Keris Dance is a typical Balinese dance that originated from the treasures of Pre-Hindu culture. This dance describes the battle between righteousness (Dharma) and evil (adharma). Form by virtue played by Barong, the dancers with costumes quadruped, while the form of sleaze played by Rangda, the sinister figure with two pointy fangs in his mouth.
There are several types of commonly displayed Barong Dance in Bali, in which Barong Ket, Barong Bangkal (pig), Barong Macan (tiger), Barong Landung (big and tall couple figures). However, among the types of Barong is most often a tourist treat is Barong Ket, Barong Keket or who have a fairly complete costume and dance.

Barong Ket costume generally describes the combination of a lion, tiger, and bull. In his body decorated with ornaments from the skin, pieces of mirror glass, and also features the feathers of pandan leaf fibers. Barong is played by two dancers (saluk interpreter / interpreter Bapang): one dancer took up positions in front of the motion plays Barong head and front legs, while the second is behind the dancers playing the Barong hind legs and tail.

At first glance, Barong Ket is not much different from the usual Lion Dance performed by the Chinese community. It’s just that, a story that is played in this show is different, that is the story the fight between Barong and Rangda are equipped with other figures, like Ape (friend Barong), Dewi Kunti, Sahadev (son Kunti), and followers of Rangda Rangda. the story are, mother of grants (King of Bali in the tenth century), was condemned by the father grants for practicing witchcraft / black magic.

After becoming a widow, she summoned all the evil spirits and demons in the woods, went to grants.
A fight broke out, but his forces are too strong and Rangda and Barong Erland had to ask for help.
Barong came and fights occur. Rangda Magic Making grants all soldiers want to kill yourself, they poisoned dagger thrust into their own stomachs and chests. Successfully Barong protects the forces so immune to the sharp keris. In the end, in this great battle no ones win, that symbolize immortal combat in this world, there will be allways dark and light, good and bad, happy and sadness etc, just how make it balance so the world/life keep moving on.

Mask of Barong and Rangda are considered sacred, and before they were taken out, stakeholders (leaders of Hindu ceremonies) comes to sprinkle them with holy water taken from Mount Agung, and besides, some of the offerings and the offerings are also presented.

the qustion are: 1. why I like to draw an paint those kind of things?

2. why use plastic as main medium?

1. I am a Balinese who growing up in the small village and surrounding by Balinese Hinduism story, mystic, myth and legend. I have  grandfather who has “magic power” blood and until now he practice in his daily life as person who studying Lontar (ancient Balinese texts) and sometime peoples ask him to completed their ceremony (as a priest). In the same time, I grown up with hidden history, there a dark side of story still hiding during the 65 mess killing in Indonesia, especially in Bali that tragedy content and closely related with the tourism industry, social and culture, than the religion take a important part. Until now I continue to developing my understanding. I let it colliding, between noble belief about my cultural background and the fact of hidden history and nowadays issue.

My early age drawings are about Balinese myth or Rajahan (mystical drawing) I saw what my grandfather did.

now my 7 year son, from his very early age he already love to watch Barong and Rangda dance (the secret one at the temple or the show for tourism industry) he never get scare like almost kids, his drawing almost all Barong and Rangda theme. During his school holiday it almost every day he ask me to get him to Barong show and after that he ask me to draw the figur in those story like Barong, Rangda, Rarung, Celuluk etc. So the idea just coming up all from my background and daily activity with my families.

Why using plastic? My works not only contribute to discourse on plastic waste management; they also provide social and culture commentary. The icons displayed in his work evoke Bali’s exotic past which, from the Dutch colonial era to the present day, are exploited by the cultural propaganda of the tourism industry. In addition to being one of the biggest contributors to waste in Bali, the tourism industry has also negatively impacted the overall ecological, social, and cultural health of the island. The construction of tourism facilities often proceeds with no regard for Balinese spatial concepts or needs. The result: custom is ignored by tourism investors, village boundaries are violated, sacred art is rendered profane— as sacred objects of the temple are sold as collectible antiques—and prostitution in dimly lit cafes proliferates the island.

Before plastic was a common commodity, Balinese used banana leaves as food wrappers. After eating the meal inside, they would immediately discard the wrapper leaves anywhere, and the organic waste would return to nature. Such littering habits settled into the Balinese subconscious and were handed down for generations. Now, although most food and beverages are served in plastic, littering continues to follow these old customs. The careless disposal of plastic waste has had dramatic negative effects and impacted many aspects of daily life. For example, many rice farmers use plastic rubbish to repel sparrows from their fields; the fallen remnants eventually contaminate the entire paddies. I try to rebuild the exotic and mystical images of Bali using nowadays issue.

a tale from the island of the gods 122x122cm acrylic paint, ink, plastic trash, recycle paper on plywood 2013.a tale from the island of the gods 122x122cm acrylic paint, ink, plastic trash, recycle paper on plywood 2013.

In this work I just wanna to say: until the last land that we sold, until the last air we breathe and until the last fish that we find all contain hight pollutions that that time we all know that we can’t life it and we all know that tourism industry in Bali just a small part from whole life of young generations…we no need artificial island…we no need reclamation!

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