Lamenting" Pencil on primed canvas, 1999 57" x 56"
Perkasa'a haunting drawings are both small ballpoint pen on paper
works, and large pencil on canvas pieces. Made in late 1997, the small
pen on paper works were Isa's prediction of what was coming as well
as a comment on the events already taking place. These works speak
to the issues of the rampant New Order corruption, Suharto's reckoning
for his misdeeds, and political scapegoating as those with power in
late 1997 were trying to place the blame for the country's problems
on a few unlucky individuals who had to take the fall. The large works
on canvas, made this year, speak to similar themes with the addition
of issues that have arisen since Suharto's resignation including the
US dollar's stranglehold on the Rupiah, and the people's quest for
freedom being hampered by the continuing mind control mechanisms of
the New Order regime.