Among the crackling trees, within a glimmering wave coated by the reflective moon, or amid the emerald vastness of a rice field, there exists an uncontrollable force that shapes nature’s energy and power. In every myth, religion, and belief, the concept of nature is highlighted as a symbol of coming into being. They serve to help us understand how it was formed as we continue to adapt and navigate through our surroundings by constructing our own landscape.
But how much of it is left untouched?
What happens when all of nature is occupied with concrete boxes rising in the fields?
Through a mirror that reflects back a moment in which we inhabit nature, or a towering structure protecting the sacredness of a site — artists in Nirmana use art as a mutation of our environment to reveal the issues it is faced with in hopes of salvaging what could forever be lost. Yoka Sara reconnects us to nature by constructing a musical instrument, allowing the universal vibration to pass through. Nano Uhero weaves bamboo into a place of worship, creating a haven to restore balance in the midst of destruction. From satirical imitations to philosophical studies of nature, each work aims to foster greater empathy and connection to our natural world. It is an art that grows and develops in various forms to remind us that the first step towards rebuilding is a refusal of the false promises used everywhere to idealise an insatiable need to commercialise, transforming its surrounding into a space where hope is found once more.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Talitha Maranila is an artist based in Jakarta who infuses scientific and spiritual knowledge within her work. Finding the perfect balance between two worlds, she sees her artistic practice as a manifestation of her spirituality as she dives deep into the philosophy of various religions and cultures. Inspired by their visual symbols and cues, she rearranges them into conceptually layered installations that mirror our contemporary world.
The artist explores themes of unity and oneness and the notion of duality, where the organic shapes of her sculptures and brush strokes in her paintings resemble nature and the unseen forces that surround us. Talitha has participated in exhibitions in Switzerland, Berlin and Singapore, with her recent works being showcased at ISA Art Gallery, ARTMOMENTS Jakarta and the Ministry of Trade Building in Indonesia.
I KETUT PUTRAYASA
I Ketut Putrayasa is a Balinese multimedia artist working with wood, fibre, metal, and natural materials. Creating larger-than-life installations, he uses art to express the soul and immortalise ideas and concepts in physical form.
His major projects to date include producing a giant octopus stage for the Berawa Beach Arts Festival, where dozens of artists responded to the installation with musical and dance performances. Others include participating at the Manifesto VII Trans Posisi Galeri Nasional, 2022, University of Indonesia Exhibition, 2021, and Titik Nol Kota Denpasar with a work titled 'Pandora Paradise.
Yoka Sara is a contemporary artist and architect known for breaking the shackles of rigid architectural techniques into flowing and expressive structures. Since 1989, he has showcased works across the globe, landing him prestigious awards such as the BCI Asia & Schott Design Award.
The artist uses materials that characterise various elements of his native Bali, often transforming them into versatile compositions with intricate detailing. Unifying the natural and artificial in harmony, he responds to a site's landscape, forming a dialogue between us and our natural surroundings within his designs.
Nano Uhero, otherwise known as Wayan Sudarna, is a Balinese artist who is renowned for weaving bamboo into immersive installations that are scattered across the island. Though grand in scale, his work is a hopeful form of critique towards environmental issues as it merges effortlessly with nature — helping us form a closer relationship with our natural surroundings.
Nano’s recent works include ‘The Womb’, Desa Potato Head, Bali, ’Weaving the Rain’, Bali’s Festival of Arts, and ‘Joyland’, Taman Bhagawan.