Unreadable Narration 2 – S.E.A. Focus

Unreadable Narration 2

Wayan Suja

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Size of work: 100 x 100 cm

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Wayan Suja (Bali, Indonesia) protests against the consequences of consumerism and globalisation. The artist uses plastic as a symbol of excessive consumption in such a way that plastic becomes a formal element and even an aesthetic component of his paintings. By representing people covered and even wrapped and entangled in sheets of plastic Suja creates a very unique style to denounce the negative effects of mass tourism on “The Island of the Gods”. For him, it’s not only the beaches which are polluted with plastic items, it’s Bali’s identity and culture which are endangered. Bali’s identity becomes unrecognisable, its culture becomes blurred, its story becomes unreadable. However, like in Thu Myat’s artworks, the message is universal, what is left of our humanity in our global digital world led by an unrestrained consumerism.

About the Artist

Wayan Suja was born in Bali in 1975. He graduated from the Indonesian Art Institute of Denpasar in 2001 and from 2002 to 2006, he was a member of the avant-garde collective Klinik Seni Taxu. Suja’s work is deeply rooted in his Balinese identity and he effectively contributed to the development of a new aesthetic in the Balinese contemporary art scene. In many of his artworks, Suja utilises plastic as a symbol of the modern consumerism and globalisation, which affect the Island of the Gods and endanger its unique culture. He was a finalist of 7th Phillip Morris Art Award in 2000 and was shortlisted for the 2005 Sovereign Art Prize, Hong Kong.