Indonesia is home to an array of cultures, languages, and people. It is the fourth most populated country in the world with land spanning over at least 17,000 islands. Due to the incredibly rich and multifaceted nature of Indonesia, their beautifully handcrafted wooden sculptures are each as unique and stunning as the area where they are made. We would like to highlight one of our artists, Nyoman Karsa, in this blog.
Nyoman Karsa was born on December 31, 1967. He learned woodcarving from his father and the senior artists of his village, for example, the famous Wayan Winten. He has worked in his own art studio and shop since 1987. He usually carves sculptures from ebony, suar, crocodile, and hibiscus woods. Each of the woods has specific characteristics of color, durability, and aroma. Ebony comes from Sulawesi, while the others grow locally. Mass media and the everyday traditional lifestyle of his environment and community are the sources of his inspiration. When creating a sculpture, he first sees it in his mind, making an image of how it would look on a log or a piece of wood. He makes a draft on the wood piece, chiseling the initial form and detailing the parts, finishing it off by smoothing and polishing.
Consider these amazingly detailed Indonesian crafts for gifts or as something to brighten your own home. This piece, for example, is not only a beautifully carved sculpture but also provides just the right amount of whimsy to bring a smile to your face. We all are familiar with the saying “See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.” This cute wooden carved statuette from Indonesia recreates this famous saying beautifully. These three little monkeys will be so cute on a desk or table. This carving is made from Suar wood and signed by the artist.