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Get transported into the world of Balinese miniature painting. Two artists, two age-old techniques all in support of mental wellness.
Get transported into the world of Balinese miniature painting. Two artists, two age-old techniques all in support of mental wellness.
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A final artwork sample
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In this Kickstarter commission, Balinese artists Budi Agung Kuwara (Kabul) & I Komang Sudiarta (Loster) will transport you into the mystical landscapes of Bali. Combining the techniques of sun printing together with traditional "keliki" style miniature painting, your artwork commission will be the first of its kind.

Collaborating with You

Artists Kabul & Loster working together
Artists Kabul & Loster working together

Send us a digital image file to meet@ketemu.org. It should be a digital photograph with dimensions 20 x 14 cm at dpi 300. If you have troubles resizing your photo, please let us know and we can help you with it as long as the image size is larger than the requirement above.

The photo that you have sent us will be printed with the sun printing technique (cyanotype) which produces a beautiful Prussian blue (blue will be the only color of the print due to the nature of cyanotype).

All materials used for this artwork production is archival grade, meaning that under good storage conditions, it should last a couple of generations. The artwork could make it as your family heirloom, maybe?

You can either choose one of the scenario that we have prepared below or commission us to draw an entirely new one according to your request.

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Scenario 1: Calon Arang - A mystical performance
Scenario 1: Calon Arang - A mystical performance

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Scenario 2: Cremation Ceremony
Scenario 2: Cremation Ceremony

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Scenario 3: Ceremony by the Beach
Scenario 3: Ceremony by the Beach

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Scenario 4: Along the rice fields
Scenario 4: Along the rice fields

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Scenario 5: Tirta Empul - Water Temple (with sun printed image)
Scenario 5: Tirta Empul - Water Temple (with sun printed image)

Reward- Postcards Set of 5

These masterpieces are the brain-babies of Kabul and Loster as they collaborate to bring you these bizarre dream-like versions Bali in the postcard rewards. Check out Update #3 to see all five of the artworks!

Supporting Art for Mental Well-being

Programs for Mental Wellness by Ketemu Project
Programs for Mental Wellness by Ketemu Project

“Schizofriends Art Movement” is an art initiative dedicated to realizing the capacity of each person living with schizophrenia to be an active and creative being.

Established by Ketemu’s artist, Budi Agung Kuswara, this initiative harnesses both open-ended tasks and designed experiences as a form of collective empowerment, that is both critical and therapeutic. The movement first begun as a collaboration between Kabul and psychiatrist Dr Gst Rai Putra Wiguna sp.KJ. The program's activities includes group art expression activities, skills development for people living with schizophrenia and psycho-social education for the public.

This program is the forerunner in Indonesia for psycho-social rehabilitation through art. For more information log on to: http://ketemu.org/projects/schizofriends/

To get an insight into what an art-for-mental-wellbeing workshop is like check out our program with Rumah Berdaya, an psychosocial rehabilitation center in Denpasar, on Update #1.

The Artists

Kabul, Budi Agung Kuswara
Kabul, Budi Agung Kuswara

 

Kabul was born in Bali in 1982. He had graduated in a Bachelor in Fine Art from Indonesia Institute of the Art, in Yogyakarta. Kabul has presented works internationally, at the Asian Triennial in Manchester and at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Together with Mintio, Kabul founded Ketemu Project, in 2011. The both of them co-create social engagement projects with the aim of generating innovative solutions for social challenges.

Kabul has been suffering from psychosomatic disorder. Through the course of his treatment, he and his psychiatrist Dr Rai had worked together to improve the lives of people with mental illness in Bali through the programs of the "Schizofriends Art Movement".

Loster, I Komang Sudiarta
Loster, I Komang Sudiarta

Loster was born in 1981 from the village of Kelusa Payangan in Bali. Surrounded by painters of the traditional “keliki” style, Loster being painting since the age of 10. The “keliki” style is distinct for the delicate details with deep tones on a miniature scale. Loster paints recurringly images of deities like Saraswati and Ganesha from the Balinese Hindhu pantheon.

For seven years, Loster lives with paranoid schizophrenia, stabilized by psychiatric medicine. During relapses, he would suffer from disorganized thoughts and speech. The condition affects his day to day life and social circle, but his determination to create his artworks persists.

An Initiative by Ketemu Project

"Ketemu" in Bahasa Melayu and Indonesia means "to meet"

Activities at Ketemu Project: Workshop, talks & community based projects
Activities at Ketemu Project: Workshop, talks & community based projects

Bringing out the spirit of connecting people and initiating conversations, Ketemu is a visual arts organization and social enterprise. Ketemu is committed to creating dynamic art experiences for positive social change. Founded by contemporary visual artists, "Kabul" Budi Agung Kuswara and "Mintio" Samantha Tio, Ketemu produces socially conscious art projects and educational programs to benefit local communities.

 

Risks and challenges

Commissions are surprises
If you are commissioning to create an entirely new artwork, not selecting from the scenarios that we have created, please come with an open mind. You can give us instructions of what you will like or what we should avoid and we will be at our utmost best to create according to your wishes. The style will be as what you see in this kickstarter and the artworks will be of the same quality.

Delivering the Artworks with Frame
The framed artwork will be packed within a relatively strong and hard cardboard box and also bubble wrapped. There will be a small risk of the glass in the frame breaking especially for international shipment. We will do our best to minimize that risk.

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    Send some Ink & Love

    You do not want anything but will just simply love to support the cause of promoting mental well-being through art. Your donations will go into providing art materials for the mental-wellness programs for communities living with mental illness.

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    Postcards (Set of 5)

    A set of quirky postcards with artworks by Kabul x Loster.

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    Coloring Kit

    Fulfill your fantasies of being a "keliki" artist with this coloring kit. Get a feel of what it is like to be painting in colors with a traditional brush made from palm leaves, coloring in the scenes that the artists have created.

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    • A set of 5 Balinese miniature painting coloring sheets
    • Colored pigments mixed specially by our artists
    • Handcrafted eco-brush for Balinese miniature painting
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    Digital Artwork

    No need for the hard copy, you will just like a digital artwork sent to your email. Our digital artist will super impose your photograph to the aesthetic of a cyanotype print with one of your chosen scenarios featured on the left.

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    Transport my image into a Scenario!

    Choose from one of the scenarios on the left (let us know the scenario number) and we will create a cyanotype print of the digital image that you send with the background of the keliki artwork that you have selected.

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    • 1 piece A5 artwork with your preferred scenario
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    Transport to a Scenario (Framed)

    Choose from one of the scenarios on the left (let us know the scenario number) and we will create a cyanotype print of the digital image that you send with the background of the keliki artwork that you have selected.

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    • 1 piece A5 artwork with your preferred scenario
    • Coconut woodgrain patterned Frame
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    Create an Entirely New Scenario

    We will customize an entirely new scenario to suit the photograph that you have sent us. Let us know your preferences and our artists will imagine a landscape for you with the keliki painting style.

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    Create an Entirely New Scenario (Framed)

    We will customize an entirely new scenario to suit the photograph that you have sent us. Let us know your preferences and our artists will imagine a landscape for you with the keliki painting style.

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    • Coconut woodgrain patterned Frame
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