Tarian Alam (Nature’s Dance) by Ketut Jaya.
Ketut Jaya was born in Budakeling Karangasem Regency Bali, on the 15th July 1970. A veteran of the highs and lows of Balinese Art Industry, he has remained constant to his art with no prevarications. Through three decades of professional art practice, Ketut Jaya has maintained and guarded the purity of his creative process. True to self, to the moment, to Nature.
‘Tarian Alam’ (Nature’s Dance) reflects true Jaya’s intuitive process. His primary expressionist style is concerned with the truth of the moment. The honest reflection of his inner vision and connection to Nature. The artist has a deep love for Nature and a sensitivity to the energies around him. Tarian Alam communicates strong primary colours. There are strong indicators of colour symbolism through this intuitive process. Whether consciously or subconsciously. Not necessarily the general colour references others may be used to.
The primary colours relate a visual framework that resonates with childlike innocence. The simplistic shapes of recognisable figures amidst the brushwork and the semi comical faces suggest a playfulness. The contrast of this childlike quality with the sharpness of teeth and fangs create a visual and emotive contrast. One that challenges the viewer’s comfort on conscious or subconscious level.
Ketut Jaya’s works is unique. It may challenges the viewer. It does not offer its meaning readily without considerable effort. Often requiring the same innocence and honesty to understand what is hidden inside the lines and colours. A dance is something associated with celebrations and happiness. But perhaps Nature’s Dance here may not be just one dimensional here.
It is the emotional and philosophical complexity that makes the intuitive works of Ketut Jaya visually and intellectually challenging. Therefore whole engaging, though not always comfortable. The works that make us ask questions and go in search of answers. These are works that are generous. Giving us equal opportunity to reflect far more honestly within ourselves.