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Awareness for creative sustainability.

Fischer, Joseph (1990) 'Modern Indonesian Art', Wright, Astri, Art Above Politics, 126-127: Plate 99. Hendra Gunawan, Dry Lizard (Cicak Kering). 90 x 147cm

17 August 2015

Art for Creative Sustainability by Delphine Saira Gomez

"And looking at Hendra's paintings today, it is clear that he never painted mere propaganda."…His paintings exude a love for his people and his country; they celebrate the spirit, shapes and the colors of the land, which is good and generous, and of the women, who are fertile and nourishing. If there are political propaganda pursued in Hendra's work, …Hendra's  messages are expressed in hidden or veiled form."

Wright offers a view that appreciating art extends beyond deciphering or decoding layers of meaning and may be valued in terms of what the painting evokes. Wright at first appears engrossed in the obvious elements of color, shape, textures. In Hendra's painting of 'Dry Lizard' for example, Wright resonates with the work expressing qualities of companionship rather than "isolation and gloom".

In my view, the artist may prefer to discuss the work in terms of concepts and ideas explored and leave the rest to the imagination of the viewer. Art is just another way of experiencing life. Be it about “companionship” or “isolation and gloom”, more than adorning our homes or a commodity, art is also about democracy, dignity, community and creative expression; art is about a culture of democracy and harmony; to recognize that we all have a voice, to use it wisely and be co-creators of a creative sustainable, flourishing and thriving world.

Toer, Pramoedya Ananta (1985) ‘Footsteps’, 284-285

20 August 2015

Art for Creative Sustainability by Delphine Saira Gomez

“The mark of a civilised people is the ability to repay debts of honor.”

Honor is compromised in a world of colonial exploitation. The author mastermindfully draws us to comprehend a sense of humanity, rule of law and the qualities necessary for an honorable existence.

Caught up in a world of colonial exploitation for modernism and industrialisation, ‘Footsteps’ is as much a story of reality that we can resonate with; a world riddled with ethnocratic and authoritarian institutions consumed with  arbitrary power, greed, corruption and the sore misconception of capitalism; a world with anything but honor. ‘Footsteps’ reveals the gradual awakening and consciousness of the people overcoming ignorance and emotions of fear for freedom, dignity and honor.

It is easy to understand why there is little or no honor for the arts where there is a lack of dignity, democracy and community. Honor is synonymous with good education of the right values, culture of democracy and respectable civilisation. Even if there is a lack of appreciation for the arts, at the least with honor there is always respect towards individuals who express themselves with sincerity and integrity.

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