Sculptures et masques en bois peints à la main
Bali & Java
"Mon nom complet est Anak Agung Bagus Ari Panji Widya Praitista. C'est un très long nom que m'ont offert mes parents!" Les noms indonésiens reflètent nos coutumes et l'importance que nous attachons à l'héritage familial.
Selon nos traditions, mes noms signifient: Anak Agung, d'une lignée royale - Gede indique que je suis le premier né - Bagus veut littéralement dire beau et en même temps, que je suis un homme. Finalement, Ari Panji Widya Pratista est mon nom véritable.
"However, people call me Gung Gus, short for Agung Bagus.
"I was born and raised in Ubud, which allowed me to be in touch with artisans on a daily basis. Most of my family members are carvers - carving is our family heritage. You could say I developed an ability to carve just by seeing my relatives at work everyday.
"Other than carving, I also love to paint so after trying different procedures I finally found a way to combine wood carving with painting.
"My parents were adamant we had a higher education, so they sent my brother and me to college. We were expected to study hard and carve during our spare time in order to support our studies. Times were hard then, but I knew counted on my parents unfailing support; they kept telling me, 'work is a must, but with good education people will respect you even more.'
"I enjoy working with Novica because my work can reach people outside Bali and I feel respected as an artisan. I like the fact that Novica wishes to promote Balinese artists and artisans on an international level."