Lives and works in London & Bali
“I have quite an eclectic background; born in New York, our Balinese family lived in Indonesia, Singapore, America and the UK. Growing up I developed quite a strong affinity to Bali. I considered it as one of my many ‘homes’ and quickly learnt how ‘identity’ was neither fixed nor stable. ‘Identity’ was not about where you lived or about where your parents came from; rather it was about developing a series of subtle differences; establishing a role in the world that was culturally constructed, wholly transient and constantly changing in relation to a globalised economy.”
SINTA TANTRA work explores the delight in surface image, the porous boundary between pictorial and physical spaces, the ideas of spectacle, submergence and superabundance. Born in New York and of Balinese descent, Tantra uses her perspective as a partial outsider to investigate a blend of nostalgia and nationalism. Inspired by the visuals found in flags and graphic logos, Tantra dramatically transforms galleries and public spaces with murals and sculptural installations. Overall, there is an outward and optimistic tone in the work reflected in the playful use of space and powerful command of visual imagery.
“I’m interested in scale, placement and materiality - creating an installation that encompasses the space as a whole - taking charge of its architecture, form and layout. I want to direct the audience towards a visual as well as physical journey. My installations are always about space - responding to a space, making our bodies aware of space from the inside out and not from the outside in.”
Sinta Tantra’s acclaimed work in the UK has included commissions for the Southbank Centre, Camden Council’s Architecture Week and Transport for London’s Platform for Art. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the prestigious £8000 Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award, the Henry Moore Postgraduate Award and the Westminster’s City Council’s Civic Award for contribution to public arts.
Graduated from the Slade School of Art and then the Royal Academy of Arts, Tantra will be having her first international solo show supported by the British Council with Gaya Fusion Gallery, Bali in November 2009. Tantra’s work has recently been acquired by the Government Art Collection UK and will be featured in Courvosier’s ‘The Future 500′ in partnership with The Observer this December.
Sinta advises Open_Sailing strategy about art direction and funding.