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Menjaga Warisan Leluhur (Conserving the Ancestor Heritage)

Menjaga Warisan Leluhur (Conserving the Ancestor Heritage)


“Menjaga Warisan Leluhur” or “Conserving the Ancestor Heritage” try to convey one of the cultural heritage of Central Java: Batik. This province is well known for its capital cities of batik; Pekalongan Lasem, and Solo which have deeply rooted Batik traditions. Moreover, other than those three, Central Java also has other region that also known for its unique batik customs such as Banyumas, Klaten, Magelang, and Brebes. However, many young generations only wear batik as merely clothes and have a little concern to conserve the batik as an cultural heritage. Hence, as an artist as well as batik practitioner, I want to respond this phenomenon through visual art as the medium of reflection.
Thus, I put canting and wax as batik visual icon as well as center of interest to show the sacredness of batik as cultural heritage. As the ancestor tradition that passed down through generations and also its status as World Heritage by Unesco, it is necessity and vital to conserve and enrich batik as one of our cultural pride. This artwork also serves as a tribute for batik craftsman and artist.
Moreover, I explore antelopes as the imaginary figure. Should be noted, Antelope is the endangered mammals which have similar nature with the human: they live in community and interacts socially. Thus, I want to explore as well as to document its existence visually in my artwork.
Meanwhile, the Central Java is also well known for its tobacco industries which have been culturally rooted along the country history. I try to respond this phenomenon by recycling the grenjeng or aluminum foil of cigarette papers into art medium for my recycled art. As the province which has the biggest tobacco industry, the trashes from the cigarettes contribute on escalating number of waste in the province. Hence, through my artwork, I want to promote the spirit of reduce-reuse-recycle as well as to state that the artist also have responsible to the environmental issue around them. They could contribute more by doing little things such as re-use and re-cycle the trash around them into meaningful fine art works: love your ancestor heritage, love your surroundings. (Pudji Utomo ‘Heytoms’)

  • Category : OTHERS
  • Year : 2016
  • Total Edition No : 1
  • Size : 150(W) x 150(H) x 40(D) cm
  • Materials : Grenjeng, wax, canting, pinewood
  • Posting : 2017. 07. 07

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