Dec
16

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 […]

0 Comments

Jun
26

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 […]

3 Comments

May

21

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.

Comments Off on Artsy Abroad: Fear, Frustration, & the Art of the Forage

Apr

08

Everyday Problems: Ketut Teja Astawa’s Contemporary Balinese Paintings

Astawa’s canvases feature a comic-like aesthetic consisting of outlined figures and two-dimensional, flattened perspective. He incorporates the traditional wayang-style painting conventions throughout, using precise details such as shape and shading of natural forms or popular characters from the Hindu epic Ramayana. He also infuses his paintings with iconography from the wayang tradition; if he wants to indicate that a figure is an important member of the royal family, then he uses an established symbol, such as a signifying headpiece, that would visually indicate this.

Comments Off on Everyday Problems: Ketut Teja Astawa’s Contemporary Balinese Paintings