Actually, we lie a little here…..
The so-called “Western designers” of these magnificent pieces comprised an Indian woman from Kenya (Uma) and her partner, an American who had already been based here for several years (Shunyata), before they met.
Oh, to go to Palembang! A Small Catalogue of Crafts from One of the Oldest Cities in Modern-Day Indonesia.
Just saying the name evokes an image of an exotic place and Palembang certainly reflects all the exoticism of South-East Asia’s rich history. From the 7th Century A.D., Palembang, in South Sumatra, has been in existence as a major trade & cultural centre for the archipelago that we now know as Indonesia.
We have so many artists in Bali, it’s often very easy to overlook someone’s work because of all the “clutter”.
Whilst not a well-known artist, Komang Rianta’s paintings offer something a little different and, given his lack of professional training, where he lives and his very simple personal life, it’s truly remarkable that he can “speak” through paint in such an individual way.
This past week, the Art Centre in Denpasar held a exhibition and workshop featuring the works of Bali’s 5 most influential cartoonists.
Looking at Bali’s current lifestyle and challenges with humour (and sometimes sorrow), the individual cartoons also spoke volumes on several important topics facing Bali in the near future – overwhelming development, the disturbing increase in HIV infections and how to balance the old with the new.