New Totems For Mother
May 02nd, 2008-June 02nd,2008
an Exhibition by Kun Adnyana
The series of the ?New Totems for Mother ? contain art objects expressing the whole gamut of his emotions about Mother rooted in ideological obsession, symbolism or re-interpretation of ancient iconography that signify Mother. The series contain his reading or interpretation of the various Lingam-Yoni artifacts and the famous Venus of Willendorf-Austria, a grossly distorted female figurine with exaggerated genetic organs?big bosoms and genital?illustrating how people who lived around 30,000-25,000 BC expressed their ideas about Mother and fertility.
The concept ?New Totems? in essence is contemplation about the meaning of identity, paradoxical identity between the explicable and inexplicable nature of objects, akin to the ?existent and non-existent? (Hana Tan Hana) concept of divinity, which I borrow to interpret duality: real and imaginary, form and abstraction, body and spirit. Consequently, ?New Totems for Mother? are works that aspire to marry forms with abstractions. As forms, they construe eroticism, human?s libidinal instinct, since the works? subject matters exhibit curves and spheres or simplification of human genetic organs albeit appearing just like jumbles of amorphous dark lines resembling tufts of curly hairs. Some of the works barely even show impressions of God know what objects.
?New Totems for Mother? is a language. A language to make the objects as subjects layered with interpretation to speak about humans? libidinal and ideological desire and human?s interpretation about Mother, the source of life. Expressed differently, ?New Totems for Mother? speaks about love since humans? libidinal and ideological desire essentially points toward love. It is this notion that I try to illustrate, apparent from the New Totems? portrayal of objects which turn to ?represent? the lovers themselves. Thus the lovemaking ritual with fantasy and subconscious becomes the means to discover objects on canvas.
Soul of Landscape
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mixed media on canvas
160 x 133 cm