GALACTIC HITCHHIKER// 25 May 2015 // Art exhibition
“And when the night falls, the Barong named Wahyu sits back pensively on the doorstep. His body made of coir slowly turns golden as it bathed in the moonlight. There is nothing he can do but wait for the sun to rise, the eternal-light bearer that will wash away the saddness in his eyes”.
‘Bular’ refers to the white dots which form on the surface of the pupil, the dark circular opening in the center of the eye. ‘Bular’ may be considered a disadvantage since it reduces, and even damages the sense of sight. Yet in this exhibition, ‘Bular’ marks the courage of one young artist who races against time in the fight against blindness. During 4th grade at elementary school, Made Wahyu Senayadi started losing his eyesight. Later he discovered his eye nerves were no longer able to work properly. Frustration often haunts his steps, where there is only darkness as far as the eye can see. During that difficult time, the image of Barong - which he has loved since his child hood came back to him, taking the form of artwork made of coconut coir. Removing all its religious attributes, the barong made of coir becomes Wahyu’s persona sparking new vigor and erasing Wahyu’s restlessness. Despite the loss of his left eyesight Wahyu’s remains grateful for who he is. He proves that limitations have no right to stop one’s search for the beauty in life. Even without a golden crown, the barong made of coir named Wahyu shines through its simplicity.