In 2013 I travelled to Bali for the first time and was deeply impressed by the beauty, especially in the hearts of the people. I also saw how beauty is made visible through the Balinese arts.
The origin and basis of all art in Bali is spirituality. Stone carving, wood carving, gamelan music, dance, hand written lontar books, and the few paintings (paintings are difficult to preserve in the tropics), were mostly created for the temple, and for ceremonies in temples, private homes and royal houses. Embedded in the temple buildings, ceremonies and associated art is an intention. This intention is to make the coexistence of people, both among themselves and in relation to the invisible world, pleasant and respectful. The intention is also to prepare the ground for spiritual growth.
This connection between art and spirituality, which was also prevalent in Europe and many ancient cultures, touches me. I believe every artist is in the process of creating art from within their heart, or in a greater connection to everything that is. In Bali this connection is an open secret.
In my studies of art history, I was fascinated by spiritual buildings and learned to feel the energies of artworks i.e. the intention of the person behind them. Without a particular goal in mind, I followed my hunger for spirituality in art. Then at the beginning of the century while in a visioning workshop, I discovered I had a strong desire, which became a dream, to build a temple. This remained a dream until I was washed up on the shores of Bali, where my dream came true.
My life in Bali has fulfilled my desire for a place of spiritual growth in a circle of empathic and loving people as well as living within a lively spiritual culture. Now it is time to share this wealth.