War in the Name of God
Mixed Media on Wood – carving/ acrylic
244cm X 122cm
In 2011, five artists were invited to be artist in resident at Gallery 212 STSI, Buah Batu, Bandung. They were artist in residence providing an opportunity for students to mix and work with artist. In the three weeks residency, they experimented individually through influenced by the other. The tittle of this exhibition was Ini Perang – This is War.
Dewantoro took the opportunity to truly experiment with a new medium – wood cutting into plywood. The wood cut creates an extra multi-layered mystical dimension to an already complex issue, War in the Name of God. He researched religious quotes using Latin, Arabic and Sanskrit and his painting techniques amplified those layers creating almost ghostly images of those memories of war.