rangda

mix media on found canvas, 24″ X 36 “, scraps, yarns, toys, clothes, plastic bottle cut (claws), styrofoam (nose), branches and seeds (fang and teeth).

Somehow  my Rangda doesn’t look scary as it should be, perhaps conveying my playground delight.

Rangda is a widow-witch, who plays a prominent role in Balinese traditional ritual, Calon Arang, take place in Pure Dalem or cemetary temple and always starting around midnight. Terrifying to behold, the child eating Rangda, depicted as a mostly nude old woman, with long and unkempt hair and claws. Her face is traditionally a horrifying fanged and goggled-eyed with a long tounge.

She wears striped shirt and pants, with a white cloth around her waist, an important instrument of her evil magic.

Rangda represent the force of evil, death and destruction, and she is often associated with the Hindu goddess Durga.

nyi blorong

Mix media, redwood sticks, sort of frame, velvet, toy, pennies, branches.

Supernaturalists believe Nyi Blorong is not Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Kidul, The Queen of South Sea. This believe is contradict wikipedia, regardless, they both dwelling in South Sea, carrying identical symbolic colour,which is green, identical power over the ocean, identical beauty, and many other similarities. Two things distinguish them is that Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Kidul never give any material subject to people, while Nyi Blorong open for those who invoke her for wealth, but should provide someone’s life in return.  Secondly, Nyi Blorong is beautiful woman in snake body and it can transform into perfect woman body when needed, while Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Kidul is the other way around.

Nyi Blorong, after taking life provided by greedy people, she would shake her scale and as it falling it will change into gold coins.

The Queen of South Sea

The Queen of South Sea or Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Kidul is a legendary goddess in Javanese and Sundanese mythology.

Common people known her as Nyi Roro Kidul, but she is not her. Those with deeper understanding, keep straightening this confusion and  strictly  use honorific name to refer to her, which is Gusti Kanjeng Ratu. She is an angel from heaven, dwelling in the heart of Hindia Ocean, South Sea of Java,  therefore “Kidul” is attached to her, as kidul mean south in Javanese language, so she is The Queen of South. There are 40 kingdom in South Java Sea, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Kidul, Nyi Roro Kidul, Nyi Blorong and other Nyi, have their own territory in the deep ocean, but Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Kidul is the most honour and on higher level than others.

She always be a spiritual partner or wive of the Susuhunan (equal to king) of Solo/Surakarta in Central Java also the Sultan of Yogyakarta, particularly partner in political decision. The Sultans believe, to achieve harmony in society should include living in harmony with the spirits surrounding his kingdom territory i.e. the spirit of Mount Merapi, Mount Lawu, South Sea and above, Nirvana.

In Solo/Surakarta Palace, the Susuhunan build a tower in the palace courtyard, specially to meet with Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Kidul. She is riding a golden chariot to travel to the land but many time she just appear.

chalk painting

Street painting participation in San Rafael, California, 6′ X 6′, summer 2010.

chalk painting on Balboa street sidewalk, San francisco, 2011. Approximately 4′ X 4′, half day work.

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8′ X 8′

Italian Street Painting festival

San Rafael, 2013.

 

Dragon Head

When this picture was taken, there still lots of sunflower seed, now eucalyptus acorn replace it also toys, thanks to the rats attack!

The head need dental surgery, bondage on injured skin and take chance of this recovery moment to reshape the mouth a little bit.

the new look will be posted soon…

paper mache over wire mesh

seeds, beads, toys, found items.

approximately   32″ L X 24″ W X 27″ H,  25 lbs

Caterpillar

Some people think this is a monster or spider, but I mean it caterpillar.

It’s my play ground, my 20ft  toys storage.

The tail, end of the tunnel. This picture was taken in the winter of 2009 and now the back part has more toys.

some of the scene

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