Wood statuette, 'Man Doing Yoga'
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The artistry of Wayan Rendah has been featured in numerous periodicals, including Sunset magazine. "It gives me great pleasure when one of my statues inspires somebody," the artist says.
Wayan Rendah's work has also been featured in Home Maker's magazine and in Keepers of the Arts, a beautiful hardcover book available through Novica.
"I was born in Bali on June 17, 1973. I am the oldest of seven children, in a family consisting of four brothers and three sisters. I started to learn to sculpt at the age of eight when I was still in primary school, learning from my father how to carve traditional statues from wood. Balinese woodcarving touches me very deeply. I have learned a variety of arts in Bali, such as gamelan dance, but carving a piece of wood gives me an incomparable sensation.
"At first, I sold my statues to the sellers in the art market and at small shops. After I finished school, I studied with Wayan Purna so as to have a stronger foundation to build upon, because even at a young age I knew that what I wanted was to be able to create the ideas I had in my head. But to do this I needed more experience, and the tools and material I needed were beyond my financial reach.
"My ideas were unconventional at the time - developing abstract figures inspired by the form and texture of the piece of wood I had selected, combining traditional themes with modern poses and more sensual shapes.
"As time went by I was able to bring out my ideas by selecting different types of wood and concentrating on the themes that could satisfy my creative desires. Exploring the abstract world refreshes my mind in creating new carvings. The mind and inspiration are two amazing things that encourage me to create special works of art. Wood has certain special characteristics that I would sacrifice if I worked with another medium like stone, which is not easily broken and produces very specific effects.
"I am married to a beautiful woman who helps me arrange my works to be exhibited in my small place and find new sources of inspiration.
"Since joining Novica, I have been able to continue to express my ideas and to support my family, and my work can be seen outside Bali. I am very grateful for this, because this is my strongest desire: to be able to create and share the ideas I have and support my family. I hope that the people who see my work enjoy it, as it gives me great pleasure when one of my statues inspires somebody - for this the foundation of my work.
"Times were so hard before I joined Novica. I couldn't afford to pay the hospital for my wife giving birth to our daughter. I had to give up my motorbike, the only thing we had left, to pay the hospital and take my wife and daughter back home.
"God answered my prayer, and here I am now living happily with my wife, a daughter, and a son. Regular income from Novica means so much to the life of my family, and the lives of other carvers in our village - I am now working with 20 carvers! We started with nothing. Now we have savings, and are building houses.
"My place is full of statues we're working on for Novica customers. Two or three times per week I visit Novica to deliver our finished sculptures, and to get paid for what has sold. It feels as though the Novica office is my own office, yet I don't have to pay for Novica, or Novica's employees, or any packaging or shipping expenses. I just get 24 hours of promotion every day, internationally.
"This is funny story that once happened to me. I had finished a statue and a tourist wanted to buy it, but after close inspection I noticed one finger was missing from its hand. I was mortified; I gave back the money for it and said I was sorry but that the statue was not for sale. I still have it as a reminder."
I just received my beautifully wrapped package from Bali today. I was so happy it arrived safely. I had ordered a wood sculpture from I Wayan Rendah and I could not have been more pleased. She is so beautiful I expect her to come to life at any moment :) The detail is incredible. Thank you for sharing you beautiful art work with the rest of the world. I look forward to buying more from this artist. Thank you Novica for making it possible for us to find these wonderful items by these amazing artists that we would never be able to find here at home. I hope to one day make it to Bali to see the beauty that inspired so many incredibly talented artists.
I recently purchased the 'Meditating Yogi' statuette. It is absolutely the most beautiful piece of wood sculpture that I have ever seen. Thank you I Wayan Rendah. Please continue to sculpt these wonderful, passionate pieces. And thank you NOVICA for bringing these artisans to us.
Dear I Wayan, Once again I praise your work on two recent sculptures received yesterday from Bali! The ""Mepayas"" statuette is just lovely with its very sensual lines and dreamy, causal pose. It seems at once detailed and simplified -- a balance you achieve so well in your carving. I appreciate also that you signed the bottom of the sculpture! The Balinese dancer statuette is delightfully expressive in the crocodile word! You certainly convey the feeling of what it is like to dance! I really love both of these beautifully crafted pieces. You are very talented! Thanks very much! Sincerely, Lori
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