Bali, Indonesia *1996
Emerging Indonesian artist Sastia Naresvari is an abstract expressionistic painter born and raised in Jakarta, former psychology student, who has been living in Bali since early 2020. She studied psychology in Paramadina University Jakarta, for her, psychology is the basic knowledge and good foundation for all the things she wants to do in life. Other than creating art, she is also a meditation trainer. Her other passion is Javanese traditional textiles. Introducing and educating the younger generations on the underrated craftsmanship of traditional Javanese fabrics through ‘Di Balik Layar Indonesia’, a clothing line she is codeveloping with a friend. Fascinated by art since she was a child, the mostly self-trained artist made her first watercolour picture aged four. At the time, she was obsessed with making crayon portraits of her grandparents. Then, in 2017 while visiting the Affandi Museum in Yogyakarta, Java, Sastia met Didit Slenthem, the grandson of the legendary Indonesian artist Affandi, who became her mentor. Painting is the medium she feels most connected to on this 3D world. It helps her to explain her world, her way of thinking, her energy, emotions and what she feels & seen during meditation and dreams. It illustrates the unseen, intangible things; time without numbers, space without limitations, world beyond duality and beyond physical laws. Her artistic process begins with meditation, contemplation, writing, black and white photography, and the asking of incisive questions. She then “detaches from her ego” inducing what she describes as a trancelike state, from which she feels free to “translate the world” through her art work. Sastia describes her process as akin to a poetic dance. Her works invite us to pause, detach from our mental chatter and then disappear into the depths of our subconscious mind.
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