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Sinta Tantra: Her Indonesian connection

  • Andreas D. Arditya

    The Jakarta Post

| Sun, August 18, 2013 | 10:37 am
Sinta Tantra: Her Indonesian connection (Courtesy of Sinta Tantra)

(Courtesy of Sinta Tantra)

A British artist of Balinese descent Sinta Tantra is looking forward to do more works in Asia, especially Indonesia, as she juggles her time between London and Bali.

Born in New York to Balinese parents, who now reside in Bali, Sinta has been on the edge of the East and West and would like to stay in between them for the rest of her live.

'€œI'€™d love to alternately stay in Bali and London. Europe in the winter is really horrible; I want to avoid the winter altogether. I would like to be able to spend six months in Bali and six months there; traveling back and forth each year,'€ said the artist, who attained her Master of Arts from the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts London.

She was in Jakarta to prepare her participation at the 2013 Indonesian Contemporary Art & Design (ICAD) event, which will begin at the end of August in Kemang, South Jakarta.

'€œI am excited to join the ICAD because it aims to exhibit the best in art, design and architecture, resulting in a sort of discipline crossover work,'€ said the 33-year-old.

Sinta is well regarded for her site-specific murals and installations '€“ many in the public spaces. Among her latest works were a public commission '€œGreater Reality of Elsewhere'€ in Swansea, Wales and a solo project '€œThe Eccentricity of Zero'€ in London.

Being someone who treads the cultural borders of the East and West, Sinta said it had made her more adaptive.

'€œI become more open, not just to other cultures, but also people. It'€™s really interesting that I'€™m now  dipping my toe in Indonesia, making projects here while getting to know Indonesian culture and how the people work.'€

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