Ocean Blessing, by Delo.
For Balinese people, trees are not only meant physically, but also spiritually and magically. Physically, trees are considered as natural resources that provide many practical benefits for life.Spiritually, in Balinese Hinduism the existence of trees is associated with the teachings of Tri Hita Karana. This is the teachings centred on three causes of happiness. Especially those related to the harmonisation of human relations with nature as one of the causes of human happiness. Within this context, trees are placed as a representation of the natural environment. If human beings are able to maintain harmony with them, happiness will be achieved.
The manifestation of the spiritual values of trees is often shown visually through a ‘Poleng’ or Checkered cloth tied to certain trees. The significance of the ‘Poleng’ cloth in the spiritual life of Balinese people is expressed (among other things) through works entitled “Spiritual Relaxation” and “Anugerah Laut”. In both works, a tree wrapped in poleng cloth is shown as the main subject carrying the central meaning. Other elements such as temple buildings and activities of daily living are supporting themes to strengthen this meaning.
About the Artist
I Made Budiarta (Delo) is a second generation framer, graduate of Seni Rupa (Fine Arts) and is an established painter and sculptor/carver. Both the artists’ sculptural and painterly works remain true to a raw and honest expression of the artists’ deep respect and love for his culture and the Earth. It is with this deep respect that he poses the questions we sense in his works. They pose questions on the changes he sees affecting traditional life.