Photos from the Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets

Photos from the Setia Darma House of Masks & Puppets Here are my photos from our visit to the mask and puppet museum near the village of Mas in Bali.  There are many masks from major Balinese performance traditions of Calonarang, Topeng, and Wayang Wong included. There were also masks from other Indonesian isles and … Continue reading Photos from the Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets

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Things to Remember

The Surprises of Surprise Re-entry is interesting. And by interesting, I mean full of surprises. Surprise is also, itself, interesting. And therefore surprise is...surprising. I'm not just playing circular word games.  Surprise, like accidents, cannot ever be fully predicted.  For example, when thinking about my reactions to coming back to the US after studying abroad, … Continue reading Things to Remember

Whittle by whittle

Mask Progress I write this blog from the airport as I wait for my flight to Portland to board. I wanted to catch you all up on the masks I've been making in Bali. In my last post, you saw the old man bondres  I completed.  My teacher pushed me to start two more, so … Continue reading Whittle by whittle

First Mask Carving Complete!

  This trip was made possible in part by Professional Development grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

A Weekend Outing

Friday Night Calonarang Late Friday night at 10:30 pm, we drove to a pura dalem (temple of the dead) in a nearby village to witness a Calonarang ritual. After mistakenly landing at what seemed to be a carnival, then finding a Calonarang, but at the wrong temple, we  arrived and settled in to watch. It … Continue reading A Weekend Outing

Juxtapositions

Most days I wake naturally about 6:30 am (2:30 pm the previous day Pacific Standard Time). The sound of roosters is frequent, regardless of the time of day. Roosters are often in small round bamboo cage baskets by the edge of the road. Apparently this is to desensitize them to loud noises and sudden disturbances … Continue reading Juxtapositions