Grounded or Membumi is the theme of the art exhibition taking place for two weeks (Oct. 15 – 29) at Restu Bumi Gallery, Ubud. The exhibition featuring the works of art by two artists namely I Wayan Suastama and I Ketut Suasana (Kabul) is quite unique. Each artist presents ten works of art, so there
Grounded or Membumi is the theme of the art exhibition taking place for two weeks (Oct. 15 – 29) at Restu Bumi Gallery, Ubud. The exhibition featuring the works of art by two artists namely I Wayan Suastama and I Ketut Suasana (Kabul) is quite unique. Each artist presents ten works of art, so there are totally 20 works filled with messages in figurative style. Their size is diverse with acrylic media on canvas.
Both artists present their works in the exhibition room with two different visual tendencies. Nevertheless, they can be attributed to the same theme, namely the highlight of nature. “Grounded’ is a frame highlighting the tendency of both artists in presenting the themes around nature,” said Curator Made Susanta Dwitanaya.
The works of I Wayan Suastama and I Ketut Suasana seem to have a tendency for the choice of work to present an expression about nature in a symbolic approach. Visual exploration of Wayan Suastama often presents female figures that have symbolic value about nature.
In the scratch, he depicts Balinese cosmology such as female as the motherland, pradhana (creative-feministic energy) as partner of the purusha (masculine counterpart) in the creation cycles. His visual exploration also often presents rhythmic lines as in the background of his paintings depict female figures.
More interestingly, in some works the rhythmic lines symbolize rain, a daily phenomenon often encountered in tropical countries such as Indonesia. However, on the next layer, rain can be further interpreted not just as natural phenomenon. “I am trying to bring out a deeper meaning aside from the matter of rain as the way of nature to balance the natural cycle,” he said.
Meanwhile, I Ketut Suasana presents the works of painting by showing off vivid exploration of dominant lines. The lines are rhythmic and configured to construct various shapes, such as trees, bees and others. Hence, bees and trees are two objects frequently appearing in the works of Kabul.
These two objects contain a certain symbolic entity, especially the bees denoting the objects explored by this young artist. Bees are symbol of duality that always exists in the universe because their body contains substances that can produce honey as well as poison. (BTN/015)