LOMBOK, INA, 1988
Satya Cipta was born in Lombok 1988 to a Balinese family who now lives in Lampung. She was raised in an environment where the Balinese area minority that has to constantly struggle for recognition. As she grew up she discovered the reality of harassment and sexual violence. After high-school, she took up studies at the Jakarta Institute of the Arts (IKJ), providing her with a wider, feminist vision of the world. Yet, another shock waited her when she came to settle in Bali and married there. In Balinese tradition, women have few rights. So she revolted, but also decided to set her revolt within the framework of Balinese culture. She took up the study of Balinese painting technique with some of the best masters of the island. Her works thus combine a perfect appropriation of the Balinese drawing technique with strong feminist statements. Add the peculiarities of her style and her own personal creative expressive urge, and we have an important female artist in the making. Satya’s style is derived from tradition, but the narrative content of her works is totally novel and provocative. Balinese artists never criticize social and religious order. Social and gender roles are clearly defined and questioning them is inconceivable. Religion further reinforces this stasis. With a few exceptions, it is not harmony she is talking about but its opposite: violence or disharmony. Not cosmic order, but the social disorder of women in revolt; women who do not accept the distribution of the role attributed to them in Balinese tradition, women in revolt against the sexual violence of men, women avenging the violence done to them. For this reason, the main locus of her expression is the body: the body subject to violence, the body burdened or the body in love.