Dewi Dian Reich

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Artist and writer. Dewi Dian is founder of Sawidji Gallery & Co.

Dewi Dian Reich was born in Australia of mixed Indonesian and European parentage. Dewi has a deep love for Nature, art, history and the traditions in her Indonesian heritage. She has called Bali her home for nearly 20 years. Dian is a graduate of the Australian National Art School in Fine Arts majoring in Photography and painting disciplines with emphasis on art history and theory. Undertook post graduate studies in Digital Media, Linguistics and Asian Studies.

Dian is focused on the ongoing development of Sawidji Gallery and studio. The economic changes brought about by the Covid Pandemic to Bali was a catalyst. There was already a need to reassess the conditions affecting the integrity of Fine Art in Bali. Which is never separate from the intricacies of the culture itself. Sawidji may explore these themes. However, it simply wishes to celebrate the talents, the community and the Nature that we are fortunate to be a part of.

In Balinese

Seniman miwah pangawi. Dewi Dian inggih punika pendiri Sawidji Gallery Co. Dewi Dian Reich embas ring Australia saking rerama campuran Indon sia miwah ropa. Dewi madue rasa tresna sane dahat mautama majeng ring alam, seni, sejarah, miwah tradisi warisan Indonesia. Ia nyambatang Bali pinaka jumahne sasue 20 tiban. Dian inggih punika lulusan saking Australian National Art School in Fine Arts ring jurusan Fotografi miwah disiplin seni lukis antuk penekanan ring sejarah miwah teori seni. Melajah maguru ring Digital Media, Linguistik miwah Studi Asia. Dian ngutamayang panglimbak Galeri miwah Studio Sawidji san kantun mamargi. Pangentos ekonomi sane kawetuang olih pandemi Covid ring Bali dados katalisnyane. Sampun w nten kaperluan antuk nyelehin malih kahanan san nglahlahin integritas seni rupa ring Bali. San n nten naenin medal saking budaya dru n . Sawidji minab sampun nyelehin indik punika. Sakewanten, iraga wantah mautsaha jagi nyanggra talenta, paguyuban, miwah palemahan sane iraga dados bagiannyane.

In Indonesian

Artis dan penulis. Dewi Dian adalah pendiri Sawidji Gallery & Co.

Dewi Dian Reich lahir di Australia dari orang tua campuran Indonesia dan Eropa. Dewi memiliki kecintaan yang mendalam terhadap Alam, seni, sejarah, dan tradisi warisan Indonesia. Dia menyebut Bali sebagai rumahnya selama hampir 20 tahun. Dian adalah lulusan Australian National Art School in Fine Arts jurusan Fotografi dan disiplin seni lukis dengan penekanan pada sejarah dan teori seni. Melakukan studi pasca sarjana di Media Digital, Linguistik dan Studi Asia.

Dian fokus pada pengembangan Galeri dan Studio Sawidji yang sedang berjalan. Perubahan ekonomi yang disebabkan oleh Pandemi Covid di Bali menjadi katalisnya. Sudah ada kebutuhan untuk menilai kembali kondisi yang mempengaruhi integritas Seni Rupa di Bali. Yang tidak pernah lepas dari seluk-beluk kebudayaan itu sendiri. Sawidji mungkin mengeksplorasi tema-tema tersebut. Namun, kami hanya ingin merayakan talenta, komunitas, dan Alam dimana kita beruntung menjadi bagiannya.

Examples of work

Sangeh Monkey Forest.

A Forest Memory, the Power of Memory and the Secrets of a Sacred Forest

Memory is mysterious. Memory can hold such power over us over a lifetime. It can be strong and clear or hazy and weak. Whether we see Memory or not, it is there, taking residence in the back of our minds. Shaping our perceptions, our actions and choices. Memory shapes us from very early on. This recording of our experiences. The stories that get replayed in our minds that tells us who we are. Where we come from and perhaps where we belong.
Social and Culture represented to discuss some of the issues that are affecting the longevity and authenticity of traditional practices in Bali today. Issues such as commercialisation of art and culture and its potential impacts on generations from today. "It is not the lack of change that we should admire here. For there is definitely change. it would be foolish to deny that. It is the effort and the collective commitment that has survived even to this degree the ravaging changes that time and progress has brought everywhere else. I admire the fact that there is evidence that change may come, but there is still choice."
Portrait of Aryani Willems by Dewi Dian Reich, Sawidji Art and Photography. Fine Art Photography.
Portrait of artist Aryani Willems by Dewi Dian Reich, Sawidji Art and Photography. Taken in June 2023.
It is believed that the Barong Landung is the manifestation of a royal couple, the King Jayapangus and his Chinese Consort Kang Cing Wie.

The story goes, that the royal couple were deeply in love but after many years had not been blessed with children. In need of a successor, the King went to Mount Batur to meditate and seek guidance. As he meditated there he met and took as his second wife the Dewi Danu. The daughter of the Goddess of Lake Batur. It is after this second marriage that conflict continued to haunt the family of the King Jayapangus. In summary, The Goddess of the Lake, angry to see her daughter hurt and betrayed. Because of this She destroyed King Jayapangus and his first wife Kang Cing Wie.

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One of the things at the centre of Balinese culture, perhaps can be said to be the certainty of one’s relationship to Nature. If art is integral to our culture, how much more is Nature.

The White Wood of Bayan (Pohon Kayu Putih Bayan) is an ancient tree. One of the many ancient trees that is on Sacred ground and is in itself part of a Temple, Pura Babakan. Being hundreds of years old, it certainly did not appear suddenly out of nowhere. However, it has begun to attract far more attention in these recent months. Perhaps due to the growing awareness on social media, there are certainly more visitors there in the past year.

The Beauty of the White Wood of Bayan, these photographs centre on the presence of its Temple. That when we look upon this Tree, it is not separate from looking upon that which is Sacred.
Collection of Photographs of the Wildflowers in Ubud's Hills and Rice Fields. A reflection of the gentle, quiet nature of fortitude. Our blossoming hills and rambling terraces. Here, the overlooked and the neglected survive and thrive. They blossom beautifully as well.
Reflecting on the nature of Time and our relationship to the Earth and Spirit through a conceptual journey. Ref exhibition guide

Kala is known to come with many definitions. Among these are time, death, performing arts, and specific deities in Hinduism, Javanese and Balinese mythologies. Yet, despite the many origin stories, there is a connecting thread that Kala is all of those manifestations. However, in this Collaboration, Kala is our canvas. Here Kala is defined specifically through her manifestation as TIME.

Kala is experienced through the conceptual portraits of the two Guardians representing our Earthly World and our Spiritual World. The portraits of the Guardians of Earth and Spirit were created through a combination of installations and the photography of Dewi Dian and ManButur Suantara. The paintings of Nyoman Handi respond to the questions and reflections raised by the Guardian portraits.
Cappucino and Croissants, 2023

Dewi Dian Reich Fine Art Giclee Print 60cm x 100cm

Cappucino and Croissants is part of a series that take Topeng Tua across different social and urban landscapes. There are references here to traditional identity, suggested tones of displacement and estrangement. The layers of meaning we can unravel here to reflect upon is truly open ended. You may even find humor here.
'Dance is an ancient art that is intrinsic to Balis’ creative spirit. One of the many forms of worship its people offer to the Creator. This is something we have in common with many cultures across the world. Forms of traditional dance are a natural and perhaps inevitable manifestation of human creativity. Modelled and tempered to embody our thoughts and philosophies.' Looking at the rich heritage in traditional Balinese dance whilst discussing the impacts caused by a primarily commercial audience. Writing an article is one part, but it would not be possible without the full-hearted contributions of those who give fully to a collaboration for this type of project. Sri Apriani shares her experiences and performs the Tari Condong in Sawidji Studio whilst being a muse for a series of portraits by Dewi Dian Reich Exploring faces behind the dance.
The Dancer. When a Dance carries such a monumental heritage, its substance is often disconnected from a much larger audience. Those who study the culture and its arts and are dancers themselves have a deeper well of understanding of the art. Perhaps relating to the dancer is a good way to appreciate the dance. A human element that we can all understand.
'Doa' is part of a series of images in 'Kala and the Guardians'. A Conceptual Art Collaboration.

Reflecting on the nature of Time and our relationship to Earth and Spirit through a conceptual mixed media narrative. A collaborative exhibition with the works of Dewi Dian, ManButur Suantara, Nyoman Handi.

Kala & the Guardians Limited Editions presents a selection of works from the second project presented by Sawidji in what has become our conceptual narrative way. Our story grew together from its initial theme to its installation-focused process in Sawidji Studio. From costume design to studio staging, the documentation of its process carries as much of its meaning for us as the final images that we present.
Portrait of Artistic Director and Visual Artist Dibal Ranuh.
Kala and the Guardians

Reflecting on the nature of Time and our relationship to the Earth and Spirit through a conceptual journey. A collaborative exhibition with the works of Dewi Dian, ManButur Suantara, Nyoman Handi.

Kala and the Guardians conceptualise an abstract idea. The primary themes that we explore here are Kala, Earth and Spirit. In and of themselves, their nature. In addition to seeing these three entities separately, the threading of them together in this collaboration is to ask you to explore your relationship to each of these elements.

Kala, Earth and Spirit Kala is known to come with many definitions. Among these are time, death, performing arts, and specific deities in Hinduism, Javanese and Balinese mythologies. Yet, despite the many origin stories, there is a connecting thread that Kala is all of those manifestations. However, in this Collaboration, Kala is our canvas. Here Kala is defined specifically through her manifestation as TIME. Of the three characters that we introduce, Kala is the faceless one. She is not represented as a portrait, or in a painting. Yet, she is present in them and in a significant way. That is also part of our display and exploration of Time. Part of the reflections in which Sawidji invites you to contemplate.

How different art mediums reinforce the message..

Kala is experienced through the conceptual portraits of the two Guardians representing our Earthly World and our Spiritual World. The portraits of the Guardians of Earth and Spirit were created through a combination of installations and the photography of Dewi Dian and ManButur Suantara. The paintings of Nyoman Handi respond to the questions and reflections raised by the Guardian portraits.

Collaboration, More Than Just a Word

All the mediums present in this collaboration bring very different qualities. Sawidji leads with photography. However, the photographic works are actually partners to installation pieces. Installation pieces that we created together as a team. The making of the costumes and studio installations together as a team is truly at the heart of each of our collaborations. A seed of an idea may be singular, but as it germinates and grows, all the contributing elements are what make it possible for it to flourish and blossom. Much the same for Sawidji Collaborations.

The artists that come together agree on the message. We feel the same about the message. It resonates in each of us. With this trust and agreement, we move together throughout the day and create together, the best embodiment of our concept. There is in fact a lot of freedom. A lot of room for each person to spontaneously make changes and try new things. There is no shortcut to the process. Our work is a result of going through a growth and maturing process for each concept, and this is done together.

Online Exhibition available for viewing
'Lost Signal' is part of Photography Series of the same name by Dewi Dian Reich. Writer, artist and photographer.

"My Grandfather speaks and walks these streets. He use to hold my hand, My Grandfather is ageless, his vision sharp and wisdom deep, Where is our playground? Why does he stumble? Is it my eyes that are careless of the nails and broken glass that would cut his feet? Or my ears that mute out his voice?

Did you not know there are sharp nails and broken glass that would cut his naked feet?
Five artists from various fields of art active in the Sawidji Artist Collective explore the question ‘what makes us human?’ This is a collaboration titled “Manus, a Conscious Journey” which opened on December 15, 2023, and will be open to the public until February 3, 2024. The exhibition is a Sawidji Collaboration working in partnership with Sudakara Art Space, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia.

The artists involved in the Manus collaboration are Dibal Ranuh, Made Kaek, Nyoman Butur Suantara, Tjandra Hutama, and Dian Dewi. The five artists who have strong, militant and proven “colours” in their respective fields unite and dissolve in “Manus”.

Multi-disciplinary art collaboration including painting, sculpture, photography, digital media and film installation art.
Part of a series of portraits of the Faces of Wayang Wong of Pura Taman Pule Mas Ubud. In the time before the performance begins, the intimate moments of the dancers and performers in their preparation for the enactment of the Sacred Wayang Wong. Pura Taman Pule is a Temple in the village of Mas, Ubud in Bali. This mask dance is unique and is only performed here in this Temple. It is not performed outside of its grounds. A set of masks of the characters from the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics are kept in the Temple.No one can say for certain where these masks originated. There are no certain records of the mask carver or how they came to be in the safekeeping of the Temple. That information perhaps has been lost as a result of conflict or war in history.
Natures' Blossoms Portraiture Series. With our undeniable bond and complex relationship to that of our own visage and that of others, the exploration of portraiture continues. This time moving away from the individuality of self or our own personalities albeit psychologies. Instead we explore the identity of something greater than ourselves.

An exercise of empathy through the only way we know best.. through our own human limitations and emotive perceptions. A portrait of Nature through hypothetical ages and experiences.

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Nungkalik International Art Festival

Art Festival debuting in 2023 by Institute of Art Denpasar, founded on themes discussed by Dr. Sujana Suklu. Featuring Artists Bambang Herras, Agung Gunawan, Martina Feirtag, Diwarupa, Made Kaek, Putu Bonuz Sudiana, Robert Martin, Galung Wiratmaja, Steve Bolton, Dewi Dian Reich, Ketut Sumerjana and Dr. Mas Ruscitadewi. Nungkalik International Art Festival. An introduction to a contemporary art festival debuting this year in Bali that is in its early stages already showing signs of extraordinary possibilities. In nature Nungkalik is bold, experimental and conceptual. Centred on the idea offered by artist and lecturer Dr. Sujana Suklu that artists on a daily basis are subconsciously learning a universal intuitiveness whilst responding to the world throughout their lives.

That is to say, whether through their movements, musical or visual expressions as well as verbal interactions. Their bodies and memories compile experiences that keep developing and transforming with each day that passes. Their sensitivity to phenomena that occurs outside of themselves inevitably gets stronger and becomes a substantive sensitivity in their respective internal worlds. We may say this transforms into an instinctive sensitivity that does not require conscious deliberation when external elements circle close to their internal world.

The Premise of Nungkalik Art Festival

Artists are invited to participate in this experimental study, from different backgrounds, geographic locations as well as varying creative disciplines. Throughout the festival, community members with specialty areas in sociology, psychology, education and music were also invited to participate and observe. The global theme for the Nungkalik International Art Festival 2023 was introduced as ‘Exploring Archetypes’ with specific explorations on associated concepts during each workshop day.

Participating artists were involved in these workshops together with members of the Fine Arts and Performance Arts student body. Our day beginning with a discussion circle. Together exchanging thoughts and ideas about the proposed themes and the significance of the chosen mediums. Within these discussions, it is interesting how very naturally, abstract ideas and concepts were articulated by all artists.

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This is an image of 'Pelinggih Pemuun' an altar typically erected where there are large sacred trees. Often in Temple areas. This Pelinggih is one located in Pura Gunung Lebah in Campuhan Ubud.
Portrait of contemporary artist Putu Bonuz Sudiana by Dewi Dian Reich. In Sawidji Studio. A multi disciplinary contemporary artist well known for his powerful abstract style. Putu Bonuz Sudiana is a dynamic and progressive artist with a creative charisma that attracts a wide range of audiences. His contributions have been in painting, installation, music, performance art and poetry.
Portrait of contemporary artist Wayan Suastama by Dewi Dian Reich. Environmental portraiture, in an unstaged environment. Naturally depicting the artists studio workshop. Taken in early 2023 whilst cataloguing the artists works. 'Through the creative process, you learn to have honest conversations with yourself. That leads inevitably to peace in your life. That’s a gift of positivity.' ~ Wayan Suastama
'Red Chair and the White Room is a mixed media presentation by exploring social and cultural changes through a symbolic portrait narrative. A Sawidji Collaboration that looks upon current social and cultural changes through a symbolic portrait narrative. With art and photography by D.D Reich and ManButur Suantara. With additional costume and installation support by Juniari and Meliani.


This is not a story about a boy and a girl.. Our portrait story is one of all of us. Each portrait takes us through a transformation. Transformations that are connected and represents a collective reality that we face as a traditional community. Enjoy the Online Narration of this exhibition.
Sawidji Comes Home is a celebration of our new home in the historic part of Plawa Denpasar, with a collection of works from our artist collective. A wonderful exposition of dynamic, multi-disciplinary creative voices.

We celebrate each individual passion, fixation, obsession, compulsion of each artist that is at the core of their creative drive. What compels them to create in this pure and selfless way. As artists we go through such a personal and intimate process, often filled with some form of struggle in the self, only to give birth to the physical form of an idea. This in itself is a wonder, a powerful seed that nourishes arts’ growth.

Exhibition Catalogue
Portrait of Artist Sujana Suklu in the studio drawing on novel. Exploring one of the Three Rooms of Art. Art by Interaction. Art by Interaction refers to a process touched by interactivity or collaboration. It is worthwhile to note the differences between interaction and collaboration are different. A collaborative process suggests mutual agreement, whilst interactions may occur within an art process that is not deliberate. All collaborations are interactions, yet not all interactions are collaborations.
A portrait of artist Sujana Suklu in a collaboration with Dewi Dian Reich. Exploring the Three Rooms of Art. Art by Interaction in the studio. Sujana Suklu is known as a progressive thinker of contemporary art in Bali. With a pioneering vision that reflects a universal philosophy. Sujana Suklus’ contributions are vast in scope, encompassing multi-disciplinary fields within fine arts, academic and community platforms. Suklus’ academic research explores ways to bring art methodologies into communities cultivating and preserving local wisdom whilst expanding existing skill sets. The beauty of this research is that it has been applied and is actively growing in communities today.
The Living Masks of Bali is our series that explores and celebrates Balinese traditional masks. We return today with a close-up look at Topeng Tua, the Old Mask. A conversation with Dancer and Mask Maker Kadek Sudiasa of Mas Ubud. A series of portraits of Topeng Tua. Accompanied by a conversation with Kadek Sudiasa, who explores his relationship and memories with Topeng Tua. As a dancer and as a mask maker.
A series of photographs exploring a different, subtler side of the White Wood of Banyan. The fearsomeness of time evident in the turns and creases of this beautiful Sacred Tree.

Botanical Notes.. The White Wood Tree of Banyan was thought to be a ‘Bunut’ Tree or ‘Banyan Tree. Like many similar Ancient Trees in Bali. However, statements from local residents confirm that the genus of the tree has not yet been expressly confirmed. By the Ministry of Forestry or any University research teams. Their reluctance to confirm the genus of the tree is due to some particularities.

It is said the White Wood does not flower but bears fruit (we were a direct witness to the abundance of fruit on The White Wood). It has also been said that the White Wood will shed all its leaves every few months. Though Banyan Trees may shed leaves to retain moisture, it is unusual for a tree to shed leaves this regularly in a moist climate. So for all these reasons, the villagers have continued to call this tree Pohon Kayu Putih Bayan (the White Wood of Banyan).
Explores what lies within the character of ‘Topeng Keras’. One of the sacred Masks that appear in Topeng Babad. One of Bali’s oldest and most sacred Dance Mask Rituals. A series of portraits exploring the character that resonates within the Mask 'Topeng Keras', the dance and the dancer. And the realtionship between the three.
Topeng Dalem. The King, the Mask and the Dance.

Topeng Dalem represents the King, Dalem Waturenggon, associated with the Golden Age of Balinese Kingdom of Gelgel during the 16th century. He is known within this narrative as loving, benevolent and wise. A compassionate King. That is why, according to Kadek Sudiasa, in order to carve and capture the essence of Topeng Dalem is difficult. To capture the calm and gentleness of this King, with what he describes as having a particular softness around the eyes. It is this very subtlety within his character that makes it difficult to capture. He lacks the obvious characteristics that are embodied in Topeng Keras or Topeng Tua.

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Getting to know the Sacred Masks of Bali, through the perspectives of the artists whose lives are intimately intertwined. The character of the 'Hard Mask' and a Mask Makers' and dancers experiences with it.. excerpt from article.. "Topeng Keras is one of 5 characters that appear in the Topeng Babad Ceremonial Dance (refer to ‘Topeng Babad Today‘). Amongst these are Topeng Ratu (the Kings’ Mask) Topeng Tua (Old Mask) Topeng Sidakarya (Sidakarya Mask) Topeng Bondres (Common Peoples’ Mask). Kadek explains that according to the rules of mask making in Bali, the first mask is Topeng Keras. Topeng Keras is a ‘Patih’ (Minister of the King) The word Patih or Pepatih is a regent title that was traditionally used among Austronesian polities of insular Southeast Asia. In the first place, it denoted the chief minister of a kingdom or a traditional regency. The word originates from the Sanskrit word Patih meaning maintainer, master or guide."
World Without Sound is an Anthology of art and thought.With contributions from Putu Suasta, Warih Wisatsana, Made Kaek, Putu Bonuz, Ellen Lane, Made Artawa, Wayan Suastama, Agung Putra, Made Delo Budiarta, Nyoman Handi, Tjandra Hutama, Made Somadita, David Hopkins, Kadek Sudiasa, ManButur Suantara, Sun Rong Fang, Wayan Juniari, Dewi Dian Reich.

Sawidji has collated together a series of artworks and poetry for this special presentation. It is an anthology. This theme of ‘World Without Sound’ was inspired by the wonderful experiences we had in working together with the Sushrusa Deaf School Community. Not simply about raising awareness about those with differences in our community and sign language. Perhaps even more remarkable, is experiencing the reality of the nature of inclusivity. As a powerful value that nurtures a growing collective empathy.

Most art exhibitions have one primary objective and that is to feature and highlight artworks and artists. This is by no means very different. However, perhaps the spirit of which this was put together is a little different. Somewhat experimental that it could not be foreseen what will be the result. We invited those in our community, whether it be social, digital or local to participate in a contemplation. To contemplate the concept of ‘Dunia Tanpa Suara’. This translates to ‘World Without Sound’ (though may also be translated to ‘World without voice’). To contribute to this reflection using a creative piece.

The Spirit of Inclusivity

Our invitation was done in the spirit of inclusivity. It was not only artists but also other members of the community who felt reflections on this theme were worthwhile. With the time and space, we have available we can only say a heartfelt thank you to everyone. Those whose works and contributions made it possible for us to present this anthology. One for all of our community to enjoy. It is so so very rich with insight and learning. One that is deep with life lessons from all directions of life experiences.

With such personal freedom and intimacy, everyone came to their private message about their imagine ‘World Without Sound’. For each realisation in every individual, it is a lesson of wisdom, empathy or simply of beauty that we can partake in. ur heartfelt gratitude to everyone who opened themselves and generously shared their time, creations and thoughts with us. We are honoured by the generosity of the talented artists and writers who have come together in this anthology of art and thought, living the very spirit of inclusivity.

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Natures' Blossoms
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Natures' Blossoms. An exploration of the hypothetical psychology of Nature through Portraiture as a theoretical genre.