Used cardboard boxes transformed into valuable art

BALI - Made Sukadana, 40, has sharp eyes and an extraordinary talent in transforming discarded cardboard boxes, tickets and receipts into art with highly aesthetic and economic value.

Sukadana began collecting used cardboard boxes and receipts while visiting several historical places in Jakarta between May 29 and June 2 in 2013.

For his first of these artistic endeavours, Sukadana, known also as Romi Sukadana, created a collage of the boxes and tickets. After finishing the collage, he painted it using acrylic paint and ink.

Using the collected boxes and tickets from his Jakarta trip, Sukadana produced two art works, currently on display at Paros Arts Gallery in Banjar Palak, Sukawati in Gianyar from June 22 through July.

The artist said he wanted to portray traditional and modern elements in his paintings, combining receipts from franchised minimarkets with elements from traditional art. "The two elements - modernity and tradition - will continue to flourish."

He also utilized used goods as media for his painting.

"There are some downsides to using used goods, such as used cardboard boxes. The materials easily wear out, the colors fade," he said.

Sukadana admitted it was quite challenging to use boxes in large paintings. "I usually create small paintings if I use these cardboard boxes."

For large paintings, he tried to create the used cardboard box effect on real canvas. Sukadana said he was happy doing this art, which he started in 2011.

His aim is to bring together the two worlds into his art - modern and traditional Balinese artistic values.

His other paintings are also being exhibited at Ayucious Restaurant in Renon, Denpasar.

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