Made Bayak, Kartika Dewi, Damar Langit Timur
Born 1980, 1982, and 2006, Gianyar, Bali
Lives and works in Bali
Domestic Aesthetic I & II, 2016
18 cm diameter
Acrylic and carving on wood
Reminder of Nir Gender, 2016
300 x 150 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Bayak, his wife Kartika and son Damar, are all very active artists with their own expertise and area of interests. Bayak is into creating art that is critical and for social change with different kinds of mediums, Kartika paint or draw on the daily life and labour of women in Bali – can be seen on her chopping boards responses here, a domestic object has become a reflective medium talking about Balinese women – and Damar has a huge interest in mythological creatures in Bali.
In this collaborative painting, they relook at the figure of Rangda – the much-feared widow in Balinese mythology Calon Arang together with her disciples. Rangda might be a demonized widow mythology, but as a deity it is genderless. In the stories, her disciples’ genders are unknown. Damar is the driving force in this as all initiatives come from him with his parents involved in compositing, modeling and colouring.