As the Merayakan Murni exhibition has opened, opinions generated towards the artworks of Murni. Surprisingly, two male Balinese artists think her paintings are just too scary. Yet one of them sees the need of art as her therapy—Murni might not be healed, but art healed her.
Looking back at Ketemu Project Space’s video archives of conversations with Murni’s close circle and Murni herself, this part of argument was found.
The steering committee of the Merayakan Murni project, Valentine Willie, shared in the beginning that he sees Murni as someone who used “art as therapy, art as a diary, art as a retelling of a person’s history.” Not only that, she picked “very iconic symbols: the scissors, the high heels, the penis.” As it is known, her art practice is known to happen in the last 10 years of her life – it shows that she found a way to express her life with it.