Five contemporary Balinese artists respond to Sekala Niskala
Sekala Niskala refers to the intrinsic connection between the seen and unseen. “For the Balinese, the seen and the unseen are inseparable, a belief strongly intertwined in their way of life,” says curator Mara Sison, whose new exhibition at Footscray Community Arts asks five contemporary Balinese artists to respond to the theme.
Agus Saputra, Kuncir Sathya Viku, Ni Luh Pangestu Widya Sari, Satya Cipta and Septa Adi bring a modern perspective to traditional Indonesian art practices, merging Batuan painting, Rerajahan drawings and Kamasan styles with satire, pop surrealism, comic books references and collage-like compositions.
The show also features programs encouraging audience engagement and artmaking, including line drawing and linocut workshops taught by the exhibiting artists, that impart classical Balinese techniques like Sigar Mangsi.