|name : Nyoman
place : Mas
||Group exhibition "Leha
lehah" at Bidadari Art Gallery, Mas - Ubud
comment from BIDADARI :
Wayan Suraja, born on 1958 at Mas Village, Bali.
Janger is one of the very popular dances of the Balinese people. The
amazingly bright, layered, and complicated costume wrapped tightly
around the body along with the sensuously smiling face of the dancer
carve a lasting impression in anyone who has ever watched a performance.
In a sculpture, even a little discrepancy from the real thing can spoil
the most strongly held recollection. Thus one can imagine the anxiety
of Suraja. He has to change these ingrained images into realistic,
Before he solely occupied himself with janger sculptures - of course
he has done many variations on this theme - Suraja tried making several
other kinds of carvings.
"I was taught about carving for the first time when I was nine years
old, by my father who also had carved janger dancers. But his works
were only busts, and waist length sculptures, not full body carvings.
Through an older brother I was then introduced to Ida Bagus Tilem when
I was 12 years old.
At Tilem's studio, Suraja was directed to making several varieties
of sculptures. He diligently made them all, but his teachers weren't
satisfied. "He said that this wasn't the best I could do." But then
one day around 1979 when I was about 21 years old, I was instructed
to do a janger dancer sculpture again. I was so happy with this order,
and my teacher was very pleased with my sculpture. After that, I did
nothing but janger carvings. And every three sculptures, I would change
the model, so that I could have variety and not get bored," says Suraja,
remembering those times.
Now, Suraja is well known for his janger sculptures. Whether in an
active dancing pose, or posed upon a lotus flower, Suraja manages to
successfully convey realistic expressions and action of the janger.
Suraja is always at the center of any activities of the creative sculpture
artists of Mas village because his works are so unique. If you visit
his house, don't expect to see a single sample of his work because
even before he is finished, his works have already caught the eye of
many collectors and galleries.
|art works :
|"Janger Dancer II"