I Gusti Ayu Komala Dewi (Dee)

Bali Series

20 x 20 cm

Ink on paper

My artwork shows how Hindu Balinese hold

their ceremonies. Each part plays an important role that cannot be separated f rom one and another. That is why I call it the “Bali Series”.


Mekendang or Kendang is a very important part of Balinese traditional music. During
Hindu Balinese ceremonies, Gambelan should exist as one of Balinese characteristics
and cultures. Kendang plays an important role

in Balinese traditional music. It shows the
rhythm and arranges the music itself. For Hindu Balinese, gambelan is an important part
of ceremony which is used to accompany religious ceremonies and also for
entertainment during the ceremonies.

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is one of t he most important parts in Hindu Balinese ceremonies. It takes
place the day before the actual ceremony will be held.  In “Penampahan” day, Hindu
Balinese will slaughter their pigs or chicken

that will be used for the ceremony. Besides,
the Penampahan Hindu Balinese will also prepare their offering (banten) on the day
before the ceremony.

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is what Balinese call their offerings, which normally are made from natural products such as fruits, coconut leaves (to make the canang),

flowers (to decorate the canang). Balinese women will bring their gebogan on the day of

the ceremony to the temple or their family

temple. Gebogan is a form of offering that Hindu Balinese make to present it to their God (Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa).

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  • My name is I Gusti Ayu Komala Dewi (Dee).
  • I was born in Lombok but both of my parents are Balinese. Even though I spent my childhood in Lombok, I have always loved the Balinese culture.
  • At home, my family and I used t o have ceremonies just l ike the Hindu Balinese do.
  • As long as I can remember I ’ve been drawing.
  • In 2010 I finally moved  to Bali to continue my studies and I spent my college years  in Ganesha University of Education (Undiksha) in the Art Education Department.
  • During that time, I was amazed by the beauty of all the ceremonies the Hindu Balinese hold every single day. I used to have a l ot of ceremonies while I grew up in Lombok, but not to the extent Hindu Balinese do in Bali. Balinese Hindus have a ceremony for literally everything.
  • There is a ceremony even for the smallest things.
  • Through my studies, I have learned a lot about visual art, especially drawing, painting, and photography. I have started to transform Balinese traditions and culture into single line drawings because I love the simplicity and purity of this drawing technique.
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