b. 1990, Indonesia

Citra Sasmita Artworks

Citra Sasmita's practice challenges the post-colonial myths sustained within Balinese culture by showing powerful female figures as central characters in her retelling of history. Often using multisensory elements and traditional techniques kept within male lineages, her artworks aim to open up discourse beyond the aesthetic to examine the experience of women in Bali.

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Torment

Torment (2015) depicts a nude woman kissing a severed pig's head, drinking the blood that trickles from its lips and down her torso and arm. The pig in Balinese culture traditionally symbolises immorality, and the uncomfortable embrace depicted in the painting illustrates the psychological and physical abuse that is often left unacknowledged within its patriarchal society.

Torment was featured alongside her sculpture Mea Vulva, Maxima Vulva (2016) in the group exhibition Crossing: Beyond Baliseering at 45downstairs, Melbourne. The exhibition critiqued the post-colonial practice of Baliseering, which dictated the preservation of the culture from outside influence, leading to a romanticism and stagnation of Bali's own cultural identity.

Timur Merah Project

In 2019, Sasmita began her ongoing series 'Timur Merah Project', which features large-scale canvases and installations executed in the traditional Kamasan painting technique begun in the 15th-century and historically learnt by men. These works are inspired by the ceiling paintings of the Kertagosa Museum in Klungkung, which were used by the Kertagosan royal court and narrated Hindu epics of cosmic significance. The fresco was so integral to society that it would be consulted by the king to decide his sentence over the fate of convicts in court trials.

Interviewing a female priest and Kamasan painter, Mangku Muriati, for her source material, Sasmita reappropriated this historic art form to instead centre female heroism where they had previously been described as witches, villains, or mere decoration. Just like the original source, Sasmita's works aim to respond and give meaning to the space in which they are placed, which eventually lead from two-dimensional canvases to immersive works.

Ode to the Sun

Originally shown in 2019 at the Jogja Biennale, Ode to the Sun was the third instalment of the 'Timur Merah Project'. The work immersed the viewer in a multisensory environment announced by the smell of turmeric and herbs in Prologue, which was exhibited on the floor of the gallery space. This work symbolised the titular 'sun' beneath her heroic female Kamasan canvases, into which the artist wrote traditional Kakawin text or Balinese narrative poetry. The canvases above wrapped around in concentric circles, rewriting traditional male-centric Indonesian narratives and commenting on the Baliseering politics that reinforced them.

Public Commissions

In 2020, Sasmita was commissioned to paint Tales of Nowhere for the Children Art Space in Museum MACAN, Jakarta.

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Eclipse and Endless Fountain by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting, mixed media, textile
Citra Sasmita Eclipse and Endless Fountain, 2024 Acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas, brass hanger, hair
100 x 76 cm
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The Birth of Magic Serpent by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting, mixed media, textile
Citra Sasmita The Birth of Magic Serpent, 2024 Acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas, brass hanger, hair
84 x 58 cm
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Realm of Nothingness by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork textile
Citra Sasmita Realm of Nothingness, 2024 Embroidery
166 x 145 cm
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The Stars and Ring of Fire by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, textile
Citra Sasmita The Stars and Ring of Fire, 2023 Antique wood carving hanger, fabric, acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
179 x 103 cm
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Theater of The Doom by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting
Citra Sasmita Theater of The Doom, 2023 Acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
146.5 x 132 cm
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The Green Paradise by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, textile
Citra Sasmita The Green Paradise, 2023 Antique wood carving hanger, fabric, acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
165.5 x 117 cm
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The Genealogy of Enlightenment by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting
Citra Sasmita The Genealogy of Enlightenment, 2023 Hair, acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
85 x 65 cm
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The Birth of Universe by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting
Citra Sasmita The Birth of Universe, 2023 Acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
66 x 57.5 cm
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Temple of God Fire by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, textile
Citra Sasmita Temple of God Fire, 2023 Antique wood carving hanger, fabric, acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
157.5 x 108 cm
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Tales of The Red Spirit and Eternal Sea by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting
Citra Sasmita Tales of The Red Spirit and Eternal Sea, 2023 Hair, acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
120 x 80 cm
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Subliminal Voyage by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting
Citra Sasmita Subliminal Voyage, 2023 Hair, acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
120 x 80 cm
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Spiritus Sancti by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, textile
Citra Sasmita Spiritus Sancti, 2023 Antique wood carving hanger, fabric, acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
159 x 117 cm
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Miraculous Mirage by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting
Citra Sasmita Miraculous Mirage, 2023 Acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
66 x 58 cm
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Homo Luminous by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, textile
Citra Sasmita Homo Luminous, 2023 Antique wood carving hanger, fabric, acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
161.5 x 108 cm
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Fountain of Sisyphus by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting
Citra Sasmita Fountain of Sisyphus, 2023 Hair, acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
85 x 65 cm
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Existence of The Infinite Cycle by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, textile
Citra Sasmita Existence of The Infinite Cycle, 2023 Antique wood carving hanger, fabric, acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
171 x 117 cm
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Altar of the Divine Awakening by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting
Citra Sasmita Altar of the Divine Awakening, 2023 Acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
65.5 x 75.5 cm
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Luminous Opera by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Citra Sasmita Luminous Opera, 2022 Acrylic on Kamasan Traditional Canvas
300 x 90 cm
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Limbo of the Mother by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Citra Sasmita Limbo of the Mother Acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas
70 x 90 cm
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Ode to the Sun by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Citra Sasmita Ode to the Sun, 2020 Acrylic on traditional Kamasan canvas. Dimensions variable

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Timur Merah project V, the Verge of Mortal Ground by Citra Sasmita contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Citra Sasmita Timur Merah project V, the Verge of Mortal Ground, 2020 Acrylic on Kamasan traditional canvas
60 x 60 cm
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