Reinterpretation of wayang on Indonesian contemporary art (Case Studies: Heri Dono dan Indieguerillas)


  • Litya Ainunning Puri Institut Seni Indonesia Surakarta
  • Dharsono Sony Kartika Institut Seni Indonesia Surakarta
  • Andik Nur Wijaya Institut Seni Indonesia Surakarta



Wayang, Contemporary Art, Indonesian Artist, Reinterpretation


This writing aims to examine the works of contemporary Indonesian artists who create and represent visuals of Wayang. Wayang, as a traditional creative product, has been embedded into the cultural identity of Indonesian people. The packaging of wayang in art has adapted to art development. The use of Wayang as an art visual is no longer only owned by the field of puppeteer art (pedalangan), but also crosses over to become visuals in fine arts. Especially in the contemporary era, the representation of wayang continues to emerge and be a distinctive feature of the artwork of contemporary Indonesian artists. Therefore, this research uses analysis of historicals to determine the emergence of the visual wayang in Indonesian contemporary artists. Meanwhile, understanding the aesthetic interpretation of Wayang’s visuals is dismantled by art criticism. Case studies were conducted on two contemporary Indonesian artists: Heri Dono and Indieguerillas. The results of the analysis show that the background of the artist’s life and their knowledge makes wayang’s visuals strongly represented in their work. In the end, the visual of wayang makes Indonesian contemporary artists the characteristics of identity and visual language in the art world


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Litya Ainunning Puri, Dharsono, and Andik Nur Wijaya. 2022. “Reinterpretation of Wayang on Indonesian Contemporary Art (Case Studies: Heri Dono Dan Indieguerillas)”. IICACS : International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Arts Creation and Studies 4 (1):29-45.