Current Art Exhibit, Mythic Threads

Open Daily

801 Ladera Lane
Santa Barbara, California


An Exhibition by Pamela Bjork
Sponsored by Pacifica Graduate Institute

at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus

Opening Talk and Reception
with Pamela Bjork
Saturday, November 22, 2:00-5:00 pm

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to
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The allure of Bali, a tiny island in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago, has captured the public imagination since the 1930s. On Bali, which is known as Island of the Gods, indigenous beliefs and ancestor worship are interwoven with Balinese Hinduism—all in the midst of Islamic Indonesia. Vibrant cultural traditions are so entwined with notions of the sacred, that the Balinese have no word for religion. Gods descend to Earth as honored guests that inhabit deity statues, residing in threads of sacred textiles and participating in ceremonies and elaborate rituals. The gap between myth and reality is porous in Bali.

Bali is home to some of the most important and spectacular ceremonial textiles in Southeast Asia. Textiles are mythological material, fibers of society that express the sacred and profane, and can transform those who come into contact with them through spiritual or magical practices. The Balinese mythos holds the world as one indivisible whole that contains magic, medicine, and mysticism. The divine nature of their world is the focal point. Macrocosm manifests in the microcosm and vice versa. Bali is a world of inter-dependence, inter-relatedness, and interpenetration—in continual flux and interaction.

The exhibition consists of Balinese ceremonial textiles, photographs of sacred rituals, mythic dance, Balinese people, dance masks, mythological stories, Ketut Liyer’s magic drawings (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) and other cultural artifacts collected over the past twenty years. An accompanying short film, produced by Pamela Bjork, provides sounds and visions of ritual ceremonies, sacred dance, healers and peoples of Bali.

The exhibit is a result of the dissertation, Hospitality of Color: Healing Presence in Ceremonial Balinese Textiles, by Pamela Bjork, a graduate of the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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