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  Title : Fabric Of Life And Death
  Artist : Ngurah Arya Arnawa
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 135 x 135 cm
  Year : 1995 (gift of the artist)
Conflict that disrupts the fabric of society is an important theme in the Hindu Mahabharata epic. The noble Pandawa brothers are Yudisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadewa (left side, right to left). Above them hovers Wisnu (Vishnu), God of Life. The evil Korawa are their enemy cousins (right), with Siwa (Shiva), God of Death, above them. The figures are like the warp and weft threads woven together to form a piece of cloth. They are based on wa-yang (puppets), with the kayon-an(cosmic tree of life) between the groups. The background is not the plain white screen but is filled with decorative textile motifs.

  Title : Supernatural Transformations
  Artist : I Ketut Budiana
  Media : Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
  Size : 72 x 59 cm
  Year : 1986 (gift of the artist)
Imaginative but rather horrific figures are erotically linked together and hang from an inverted Balinese wayang kulit (leather puppet) figure of the kakayonan (cosmic tree of life). It is bent into a crescent moon shape against a black sky doted with golden stars. Thick fluids ooze and drip over the monsters in this frightening nightmare. The sinister transformations amd mysterious mood are reinforced by dark colors.

  Title : Creation
  Artist : Dewa Nyoman Batuan
  Media : Acrylic on canvas
  Size : 60 x 60 cm
  Year : 1983 (gift of the artist)
In Hindu symbolism, the lingga (phallus) represents the male creative principle, the yoni (vulva) is the famale creative force. The Balinese figure seen encompassing the sexual act is Ida Sang-hyang Widhi Wasa (The Supreme Deity of Universal Order), placed upon the cosmic tree of life. Swirls represent the five elements: Solids, liquids, energy, radiance, and ethereal space. Monkeys below the humans represents animal disires and also may refer to modern scientific theories of evolution. The two naga (water serpents), symbolic of life and fertility, and the cosmic tortoise Badawang Nala, with only its buck-toothed face visible, lie at the foundation of the Balinese universe and support the cosmic mountain.

  Title : Trinity
  Artist : I Nyoman Tusan
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 46 x 41 cm
  Year : 1974
The concept of the Hindu Trimurti (Trinity) often is symbolically represented in Bali by colors: red for Brahma, God of Creation; black for Wisnu, God of Life and Preservation; and white for Siwa, God of Destruction and Reincarnation. The deities are shown united together in a single being, for each is an aspect of the single divine essence. Their faces are strong and mask-like; bold lines and shapes form the rest of their bodies. The abstracted figures perhaps emphasize the abstract concept of god.

  Title : Memory Of The Past
  Artist : I Made Djirna
  Media : Mixed media
  Size : 131 x 141 cm
  Year : 1995 (gift of the artist)
The strong figures and earthy colors are reminders of the past when life was simpler, based on agriculture and living with the land. Three figures of a male, female, and child represent the family. They ride a fantasy animal, somewhat like cattler or buffalo, but with four horns and a curious openmouthed and expression. There is innocence in the naive figures, yet a strong ritualistic feeling is present.

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