Ketut Dana is a Balinese traditional wood carver from childhood. For some years he has had to leave carving to work in construction to survive. This year, together with Sawidji in Dana’s Beauty, Ketut is returning to his artistic roots. And most happily looking forward to finding new beautiful pieces in the wood.
Danas Beauty explores the joy in returning to something we love..
A Note About Crocodile Wood
The three Buddhas in Danas Beauty is carved out of Crocodile Wood. Crocodile Wood is also sometimes referred to as the Ivory of Woods because of the similarity of color and smooth finish of the two trees. Both yield surprisingly easy-to-carve wood of medium hardness.
Crocodile wood is also interesting in that the heart is sometimes a stunning shade of purple. To find out more why this artist prefers this wood for his pieces, visit Ketut’s Artist Profile.
In returning to wood carving, Ketut has returned to some variations of sculptures he has made in the past as well. These pieces were commissioned by Sawidji Gallery specifically for a collaborative project. This is the ‘Joy’ Series.