"Tenanglah dan terus tegarlah
Aku tidak sakit, aku tetap sakti
Walau aku dihajar, walau aku diajar.
Tentang saya dan dirinya
Oleh para tikus, yang selalu mabuk air kakus."
Finally I draw something decent. Sorry for the messy coloring, I haven’t touch my watercolors for long. I planned to digitally color this (because of the details and the fact that the paper is too thin) and have done it halfway, but then I tried to color it traditionally. Yeah, it was fun and I think my digital coloring is still not good.
Enkulturasi is Indonesian loanword from English for “enculturation.” The synonym of it in Indonesian is “Pembudayaan.”
In this piece I fuse two very different things from Indonesian and European origins. What you can see is a Cirebon Mask dancer (Tari Topeng Cirebon) is wearing a plague mask while holding a cartoonish-ly drawn evil looking rat pointing at the dancer.
The Tari Topeng Cirebon ( Cirebon Mask Dance ) is a dance from Cirebon, West Java. The dance is unique because the dancer wear and changes masks while dancing (to play different characters, they wear mask by biting a wood pice inside it). I draw this dance when I was 12 (featured in my development meme, don’t go look at it: it sucks), and my friend was able to do this dance.
You can interpret this piece as you want to, but I will give just some notes this time. The plague mask is what doctors wear in that time when black death struck to protect the doctors. Meanwhile the disease itself caused by Yersinia pestis, which has vector of fleas which is present in rats. Rats are often connotated as something dirty, greedy, and cunning. In Indonesia is often connotated as symbol of the act of corruption, the very trouble in Indonesia and other countries. The curtain behind is to emphasis “This is just a show”, because dance is a show too. But it is more than that.
I aim to make this piece looks a bit like traditional old drawing. I should make something with colder colors. And gah! The headgear is really something!
Title: Enkulturasi (enkulturation)
Durations: More than 2 hours
Tools: Koi watercolor, Faber Castell color pencil, Snowman marker, Finecolour marker, Photoshop CS6.
Date: 7 May 2016
Art ©Kainatarma 2016. Please do not use, steal, copy or claim as your own without permission. Thank you very much.
This piece seems to be about death and corruption, as well as a kind of fakeness. Perhaps the whole dance, as just a show, is a mask for concealing something rotting?
I'm glad that you got the feel!
You got the last one really right you know
Well, it better that I have ideas of what to draw again (and mood to continue my story again). But damn, that too much to do and I'm confused right now!