|name : Ketut
place : Mas
||Group exhibition "Leha-leha" at Bidadari
Gallery in Mas - Ubud
comment from BIDADARI :
Ketut Widia was born on 1947 in Mas village, Bali. How does he continue
to create such beautiful and interesting works ? In addition to being
innovative, he is an incredibly disciplined artist a propos time. gLife
is work, but work is not life. Even working only eight hours a day,
perhaps only one-third of our lives we use time effectively, the rest
we use for no purposeh, says Widia.
Widely known among the family of sculptors and carvers, Widia was introduced
to carving at the early age of six. His first works were mostly influenced
by his nearby surroundings, bird and duck carvings. One day when he
was out selling his work, he happened upon Ida BagusTilem, who was
bathing in the river. gHe locked at my work, and he offered me to chance
to study while working in his art shop. Because I was still in school,
I wasnft able to accept his offer until 1963 when I finished junior
high school at the age of 16 yearh. There were only three other students
in the group with Tilem.
This began a new phase in Widiafs life. He was taught to respect all
steps of the creative process, and not to take lightly any one of them.
gAt first I was taught how to sand, to cut wood and to use the carving
tools correctly. I was not directly told hoe to make a carving. The
training was so hard and regimented, and I was so young at the time,
that often I would go home after work and cry. But this also made me
be able to better resist lifefs difficulties nowh.
Visible tears collected on Widiafs eyelids, as he remembered the valuable
service of his teacher who, while often criticizing his work, always
remained greatly respected.
Criticism, on the other hand, didnft hinder Widia from a growing desire
to continually experiment and advance his skills. Compared to the works
of some of the carvers of that time, which were inclined to incorporated
much decorative detail, Widia boldly brought forward dream-like elements
of reality in his work gHidup dari kehidupan g (live from life), in
1967. Choosing roots as his medium, which at that time were seldom
used by carvers, Widia wanted to spread consciousness and understanding
about what is important for us to do in this life.
In 1984, Widia began coloring his works, before other artists did so.
Today, Widia is known as an artist whose works are abstrack, dream-like
and introspective. In his sculptures as his tools of expression, Widia
reveals his inner character, no longer only a piece of a story from
the past or subjects drawn from his natural surroundings.
|art works :
|| "Two Face"