Nova Kusuma is a collage artist from Bali who began exploring the medium as he watched his friends create collages and murals in empty buildings. His works are a touchstone to the things he observes throughout his daily life, drawing influences from music, sci-fi horror films, social politics and street culture to create multi-universes in paper form. By merging historical with contemporary worlds, Nova maintains to use analogue and primitive techniques throughout his practice, as his process lies in deconstructing what exists to recreate it into something new.
As a sentiment to his cultural tradition, Nova interweaves the process of Balinese ceremonies within his collages for ‘Tracing Culture’. He applies wool yarn and coconut leaf to old Balinese images as the postcard-size series are memorabilia of a timeless civilization.