Medium: Oil and gold leaf on canvas
Dimensions: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Signed: Mohammad top right
Credit Line: Gift to President Geoffroy from Erwin Sutanto. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
The island of Bali is home to the highest percentage of Indonesia's Hindu minority with Muslim, Christianity, and Buddhism also represented on the island. Bali’s culture, people, and traditions are the subject of artist Mohammed Harahap’s work. Moving to Bali as a young man Harahap uses rich colors and gold leaf in his depictions of traditionally dressed Balinese women. In "Goddess" the artist has depicted a female figure who sits with her hands clasped in prayer or meditation. The figure is depicted with a lotus flower, a common symbol in both Hinduism and Buddhism. The painting celebrates not only the religious traditions of Bali, but also the strength and beauty of the island’s residents.