Kucing (meaning ‘Cat’) by Nyoman Handi is a mixed-media painting. Handi works with acrylic, inks, watercolours and often different types of pens. Highly experimental in his technique, Nyoman Handi is known for pushing personal limits in his explorations.
In ‘Kucing’, part of a series of four explores a similar theme. Alluding to ancient social structures through the stylistic references to ancient cave paintings, Handis’ work asks us to think of natural orders and simpler value systems. Much of Handis’ art deals with the repercussions of changes in social behaviours. Including waste and damage to our environment and our increasingly neglectful attitudes towards Mother Nature. In ‘Kucing’ the story is about survival. An illustration of life’s basic struggle for survival. Mother cat with kittens. The mother provides food and nourishes the next generation.
These miniature paintings have beautiful layered energy. Quite known for his large mix of media installations as well as canvas works Handis’ smaller works on paper have an intimacy and a gentler mood about them that is special.
Other pieces in this series by Handi is Bahagia, Lentera and Bison.