Tantri Mustika — 'Rangda the Demon Queen Vessel', 2023
This gold lustered vessel is an offering to Rangda, a fearsome and iconic character in Balinese mythology. Rangda is often portrayed as a menacing and grotesque figure with wild hair, sharp fangs, and bulging eyes, symbolising the embodiment of evil and chaos. She is believed to be a powerful witch or demon queen who commands an army of malevolent spirits. Rangda represents the dark, destructive forces. This vessel sets a scene of Rangda haunting villagers with her sidekick demon pal Rakshasa.
Tantri Mustika is a Melbourne-based ceramicist who makes unique and colourful ceramics by incorporating meticulously hand-stained and marbled clays, mimicking characteristics of natural stones. Her interest in the material capabilities of clay can be seen as a catalyst of her practice; producing small batches allows each piece to be unique and one of a kind through the techniques employed.
Everyone’s heard of a dragon
Curated by James Lemon and Bobby Corica
11 November 23 – 27 January 24
Material: stoneware, glaze, gold lustre
Dimensions: approx. 38 x 17cm