Tuesday, August 7, 2012

kai bolorong

I painted this image of a Javanese spirit living in the mountain.  Nyai Blorong or Kai Bolorong is female or male spirit living in the still water inside the mountain cave deep in the rain forest of Java. 
During the late 70s and early 80s, under the New Order's repressive rule, a bunch of fascinating movies came out of Indonesia specializing in horror and black magic.  While people cannot openly criticize the corrupt government, they internalize and blame everything on the demons and the devils.  The structure of each movie is a balance turned into chaos and then being restored in order.
Suzanna is the main actress specialized in the role of Nyai Ratu Kidul or Nyai Blorong.  A goddess that grants wishes at a dear price to pay.
Here I have mixed the traditional javanese style and indonesian horror to produce this mountain spirit image.  The batik is going to be a new one to design soon featuring the giant amazon waterlily which lives in still water.

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