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 […]




Artsy Abroad: The Plastic Elephant in the Room & Art in Bali Now

Many of the artists I met in Bali brought up the problems of plastic degradation in a plethora of ways – from painter Federico Tomasi’s aside about the rainwater run-off flooding the ocean with plastic from one-time-use packaging to Made Aswino Aji’s laments about the changing landscape of Bali with its tourist growth. Or, in Ketut Jaya Kaprus’ plans to feature an entire gallery exhibit about the dangers of plastic, while showcasing its redemptive and transformative power as art.

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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 […]




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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