Enggar Rhomadioni’s latest solo exhibition, ‘Kanda Laya’, is an homage to his roots as a Javanese. In Sanskrit, ‘Kanda’ can be translated to a story or a tale, while ‘Laya’ means home, a place to live, or a place to rest. The visual elements of his new works are evidently influenced by the Javanese belief of ‘Ksatria Jawa Paripurna’, a belief that refers to the quest to possess these things in life – ‘wisma’ (home), ‘wanodya’ (life partner, family), ‘turangga’ (vehicle, but specifically horse in Javanese), ‘kukila’ (bird, or pet), and curiga (heirloom). Rhomadioni painted the elements on top of one another, simplified and abstracted in some parts, resulting in visuals that are surreal and nostalgic with the aim to connect with viewers through the sense of familiarity and memories. In this exhibition, Rhomadioni’s works continue to encompass the tale of his home while investigating into the adaptation of tradition as a way of living in the modern days.
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