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Understanding the Cultural and Religious Insights of Indonesia Through “Drupadi Pandawa Diva” the Masterpieces of F. Widayanto

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The development of ceramic art in Indonesia has been increasing progressively for years. This paper will focus on F. Widayanto’s latest works “Drupadi Pandawa Diva” that has surprised the Indonesian art-loving community. As one of the most prominent ceramicist in Indonesia, F. Widayanto has verified his existence in the art fields for more than thirty years. In his 15th solo exhibition, F. Widayanto decided to choose Draupadi—one of the unique and strong characters from the grand epic Mahabharata—as his main subject. Even though epic of Mahabharata was originally come from ancient India, actually there are many versions of this epic around the world. One of the epic adaptations is come from Javanese Wayang (shadow puppet) play. This epic version was influenced by Islamic philosophy that was introduced in Java, Indonesia around the 13th century. Draupadi is a symbol of perfect womanhood: a strong woman who dares to challenge the strength and power of men. Her beautiful figure has inspired F. Widayanto to interpret and explore Draupadi’s character. F. Widayanto merged the original Indian version with Javanese Wayang version in order to produce his own Draupadi character. As a result, he managed to express his understanding and represented ‘figures’ of Draupadi that are lifted out of traditional art. These masterpieces are unique and can be interpreted in a variety of ways depend on the viewers’ perspective. By applying direct observation and literature review as her method, researcher intended to present the significance of ceramic art as an instrument to deliver Indonesian cultural and religious insights in contemporary way. Thus, this research is a case study of aesthetic project that can be used as a reference for future artists, ceramicists, and art connoisseurs in Indonesia and other countries.
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Keywords: Ceramic Art; Draupadi; Interpretation; Javanese; Observation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Visual Communication Design Department, School of Design, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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