The 34 drawings in Kamadhatu, ten of which are excerpted here, were done between 1984 and 1991. Some parts were previously published in Screw Magazine and Weirdo. 500 copies were printed
In October, 2004, one of the drawings from Kamadhatu ran in a local annual arts magazine called KC Voices. Here's the page.
As a result of that, a local dinner theater called The New Theatre Restaurant asked me to put up a collection of pictures from Kamadhatu. Read about that here.
For an enlargment of the cover illustration click here.
"JUDGEMENT ON GUNUNG PARE"
Gunung Pare (literally "Mt. Zucchini") is a now-defunct red-light village in the countryside near Solo, Central Java.
An Indonesian play on words: one-third is sepertiga, so when you say the whole thing together it comes out seperti gadis tapi janda
"MELAYANI NAFSU SETAN"
Often girls impelled to submit to wanton embraces are said by the tabloids to melayani nafsu setan: literally, "serve the devil's lust."
There is a sad and unexplainable dearth of lazily turning overhead fans in Indonesia.
"AMATORY EXCESS AND THE DEMIMONDAINE"
Both ends burning with a half-life.
"CELESTIAL NYMPHS VS. ARJUNA"
Tilottama and Supraba are the most fetching of the seven bidadari sent down from heaven to Mt. Indrakila. Their mission: to use whatever means are necessary to tempt Arjuna out of his intense, world-shaking state of meditation.
"KI JAKA PRESSES HIS SUIT"
Ki Jaka is one of many characters in Indonesian folklore who come across bathing maidens
"KUNTILANAK FROM PONTILANAK"
A kuntilanak is a beautiful but dangerous female spirit. One of her specialties is seducing unwary men. Identifying feature: a gaping putrid hole in her back (thus the long hair). In Malaysia she is known as a pontianak, which also happens to be the name of a provincial capital in Indonesian Borneo. Nobody in Pontianak seems to know why, although I did see some pretty spooky transvestites hanging out in front of a graveyard there one foggy evening.
"DURGA: ATTEMPTED VENERY"
Durga, devourer of devouring time, garmented with space, tries to bring out the "old adam" in an aged public servant.
"Together they mounted the delirious slopes of pastel-hued, jolting excitement until the sine qua non of rapture exploded over them."
This is where the pithy comments that go with these plates reside. The page is graced with an image of the artist being nurtured by his muse.
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