Yayasan Bali Purnati Artist Residencies

By: Ellen C. Caldwell This is the second time I have been an artist in residence at Yayasan Bali Purnati. Because many artists and writers have asked me about my experience here, I wanted to share some photos and information about this inspiring oasis. Bali Purnati is located in Batuan, in the Gianyar region of Bali, about […]



Bali to Cali: Bridging the Distance through Writing & Art

In 2014, I received a Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs grant to travel to Bali. During my arts residency at Yayasan Bali Purnati, I met and interviewed artists and began a series of writing about their work. Please explore this time and process with me in Kate Johnson and Michael Masucci’s video production, From Bali […]



Los Angelenos at Yayasan Bali Purnati

Readers, you’re invited to… Los Angelenos at Yayasan Bali Purnati An afternoon tour of cultural exchange in Bali & Java with Ellen C. Caldwell and Sara Velas Saturday, June 28th, 2014 4-6 pm @ The Velaslavasay Panorama 1122 West 24th Street Los Angeles, California 90007 Reservations are not necessary for this free event. In February […]




Artsy Abroad: Ketut Jaya Kaprus, Made Budhiana, & Wayan Sunadi

Budhiana’s work is generally large (a minimum of about 4-6 feet wide) and very colorful. Steady lines of bright reds, yellows, and oranges pack the canvases’ frames and tell a larger story. Humor and visual narrative, both large and integral parts of Balinese culture, are as much his medium as the paint and canvas themselves.

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Artsy Abroad: Fear, Frustration, & the Art of the Forage

Through this international foraging foray, I was able to explore artworks I would have never otherwise seen and get to know artists I would have never otherwise met. In a nutshell, it was an aesthetic experience of a lifetime.

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The Writer’s Ledge

My very favorite procrastination tool is something random, self-serving, silly, and slightly secret: selfies. Yep, selfies. Specifically, PhotoBooth selfies on my desktop. For the past four years, I have been taking selfies when I am at the writer’s ledge. Sometimes I send them to friends I’m chatting with, sometimes they are just for me, but somehow they always help. There is something I love about capturing my mood at these strange tumultuous times. Sometimes I am playful, other times I am distraught, and other times, I am quite simply looking rough.

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Bali Purnati art updates

I’ve been at Yayasan Bali Purnati on an arts writing residency for three weeks and it has been amazing. Below is a photo gallery of some of my favorite memories and moments thus far:





But the thing is that whenever we come back home, we are a changed person, right? Every day when we leave our house and return from work, we are different in some way. Biologically even depending on what we ate, how or if we exercised, and mentally and psychically of course, depending on the day and the moments we have conquered, cherished, or endured. But when you are leaving your country, comfort zone, and routines for a month, you know the change will feel and actually be bigger – and more dramatic. So for me, the last two days turned into an exercise of looking, noticing, and feeling. The following are three observations I made on the road to Batuan…

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