For the Balinese, daily, religious and family lives are united inextricably with each other in a sacred dance of being. Their ancient and complex culture is rooted in reverence, respect and a strong belief in Karma. The black and white checkered cloth is used as a reminder of the constant karmic struggle between good and evil; a battle that the Balinese know will never be fully resolved. To the Balinese, life is a dance of maintaining balance.
The 10th anniversary of the Kebiar Seni exhibition pays tribute to the devotion of the Balinese traditional artists’ Karmic struggle between good and evil. The works presented in this exhibition, should be viewed as an interconnected whole and against the background of the Balinese Culture. From this viewpoint, their work of art should no long longer be viewed as secular art but rather, a visual expression of religious devotion to maintaining cosmic balance with secular subjects or narratives.
The work of Wiranata, illustrated in Fig. 1, pays tribute to the balance of shadow and light. While the work of Made Budi, shown in Fig. 2, expresses the struggle between traditional and modern Balinese life. His drawings often include foreign tourists intermingle with daily Balinese activities. The work of Murtika in Figure 3 depicts the purification of Sita after her return from kidnapping. This drawing embodies the tension between King Rama’s trust and mistrust, and his wife’s (Sita) purity and impurity