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Ngurah Arya Arnawa

Ngurah Arya Arnawa
Ngurah Arya Arnawa (1950- ; Singaraja, Buleleng, Bali) studied at Universitas Udayana in Denpasar, Bali. His works combine textile motifs with wayang kulit (leather puppet) figures. Exhibitions : Taman Ismail Marzuki (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1997), Taman Budaya (Surabaya, east Java, 1981), Mittenberger Museum (Germany, 1980), Yashio Rotary Club (Japan, 1989), Museum Nasional (Jakarta, 1995), Indonesia-Japan Friendship Festival (Morioka, Tokyo, 1997).
  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.