Konsep Karya / Artist's Statement
Corat Coret, Saya Melukis
Salah benar, sukar pilih
Bebas rahasia, pikir dulu
Lobang banyak, jalan panjang,
"I sketch and draw and paint,
thinking about what is right and what is wrong.
Its hard to choose a subject, and I dont want to keep any secrets.
So, I think and ponder a lot.
There are so many choices.
Its a long journey until I finally reach a suitable solution,
and find that in the void there is content."
Dewa Putu Mokoh was born in the village of Pengosekan in 1933. He studied wayang
style painting with his uncles I Gusti Ketut Kobot and I Gusti Made Baret, both
of whom were central figures in the Pita Maha artists association. He has
participated in group exhibitions in Australia, USA, Japan, Finland, Holland,
Denmark, Germany and Italy. Mokoh exhibited at the Venice Biennial in a two-man
exhibition with Mondo in 1993, and he had a solo exhibition at the Fukuoka Art
Museum, Japan in 1995.
The artist has been painting all his life, and is only recently gaining the recognition
he deserves. Mokoh's work is often characterised by family scenes with children
playing. His work breathes intimacy, sensuality and a yearning for the days of
childhood, often with a humorous element. Some motifs please him so much that
he likes to repeat them, such as the hand appearing from behind the curtains to
pinch a nipple between its thumb and forefinger. Mokoh's paintings depict ordinary,
everyday events, which he transforms into the extraordinary.