Acrylic painting on canvas
Very beautiful painting in which Budi Agung caricatures the codes of power and beauty in the West. “Nothing Without You ” … You? That body supposedly perfect? Body-builds protruding Muscles, copper tan, bikini showing a prominent breast. The concern for this impeccable “envelope” becomes excessive but seems to be the way for this woman of an advanced age to assert her strength. Budi Agung likes to joke by saying that he painted the version of Mona Lisa in her advanced days!
A fierce desire to slow down time, to flex her biceps to feel alive and an ironic smile does not deceive anyone: the Mona Lisa revisited displays a falsely happy face. Seahorses remain unwilling to face this “masquerade” which they are not deceived. As for the monkey on the buoy, it is a wink that comes to underline the grotesque side of this scene at once laughable but terribly touching… Strong sense. The wisdom of the age should be the only goal to pursue, the one which wins on the time effect.
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