Hundred sculptures of Sembah

We have already spoken about The Montenegro like a personage typical of those who, much to their own style, give a magic air, sui géneris and exceptionally to Sóller.

Elsa Montenegro has returned of its last trip to Indonesia, so of course you already will see it round there whit her 1 metre and 60 centimetres from hyperactive temperament bordering on the nervous and no one goes unnoticed when you hear her steps, an authentic and frenetic taconeo, which make yourself exclaim: Elsa… there she comes.

Between its anecdotes and thousand adventures, Elsa brings to us one of her most recent works titled: “Hundred sculptures of Sembah”, based on the work of the Indonesian artist Purjito.

It is a little difficult to talk about an artist, sculptor and painter, as Purjito. Especially, from a physical and cultural perspective as distant as it is ours, western, and to try to establish a balanced compression point with the Purjito´s environment; the Indonesian magic and spiritual world. Even more when his work and his life are so little known beyond the Asian southeast.

What we know and we can say about Purjito is that he is a man who decided to choose the path of the art on any other activity that might be more beneficial economic and statutorily in his country, to the extent of rejecting important and very well rewarded jobs in the Indonesian Government to devote his life to his true passion: art.

One of the distinctive features of the work of Purjito is the figure of the woman as “leitmotiv”. Purjito with examples of his work.

In the year 2014, Purjito presented to the world its work “Hundred sculptures of Sembah”, a set of 99 shaped sculptures of women in reverent position.

In order to understand the context, “Sembah” is a Javanese term derived from “Sunan” and “Susuhunan”, words that serve as an honorific term in Java, Indonesia. This term, “Sembah”, denotes the expression of honor, praise and respect through the position of the hands with the palms together and fingers upwards in an attitude of reverential greeting.

And so we come to the fusion of the Montenegro with the work of Purjito, The Montenegro as the figure 100 of the hundred, the meeting point where West tries to submerge into the depth of the East and where Elsa shows us a different aspect of herself.

We leave you with “Hundred sculptures of Sembah” and appreciate it yourself.

José Francisco Pérez AlvarezAuthor:
José Francisco Pérez Alvarez

Revision and translation of texts:
Dzohara Caracola