Say hello to Jennifer :
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, but I am currently studying in Bournemouth, England. Sad to say, I’ve only been to a handful of countries neighbouring Indonesia prior to my study in Bournemouth. Although I’ve always wanted to travel, I haven’t had many opportunities to do so. But now that I’m in Europe, I think I have more opportunities to travel—which I am definitely looking forward to.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
My favourite place in the world would unquestionably be my bedroom. Everything starts, happens, and ends there—that’s the best way I can put it.
What is your dream project?
As of right now, I have a number of dream projects. The first one, of course, is to have a solo exhibition on a series of artworks. It would also be incredible if I got the chance to collaborate with a musician and create a music video with traditional/hand drawn animation. Another one would be to incorporate different forms of art—that being collaborating with a photographer to create a brew of both digital and traditional art piece.
Do you get inspiration blocks? If so, how do you overcome them?
Absolutely. I think whether or not you’re an artist, at one point in time, you’re bound to experience blocks of some sort. I get these blocks often, and sometimes, it goes on for much longer than I feel it should—which worries me. At times, I just have to sit myself down and force myself to create something, anything. Most times, however, I just let myself off and wait the block out. These blocks scare me, but I just have to remind myself that art is my method of survival. I have no choice, I’d have to make art eventually—whether I like it or not.
How would you describe your visual style?
I’ve never really thought about this, to be honest. I like my work to have a etiolated, distant feel—like that in a dream.
A lot of your work juxtaposes the human form with a surreal component – can you elaborate on this aesthetic/theme?
My artworks are up to anyone’s interpretation. All I will say is that it embodies me, and I am forever fascinated by the balance and beauty in disharmony and contrast.
What mediums do you work with most frequently?
I work with graphite most often, as it is the easiest to carry around and you can create a whole piece with just one pencil and nothing else. The media I use depends on my mood, so I really can’t decide which my favourite is—I love them all the same. Does mixed media count?
Out of your works, which three are you most proud of?
Although I have the tendency to criticise my works harshly after I finish them, I’d have to say these three. Mainly, because I got really frustrated and displeased with myself in the process and didn’t think I could make it.
What was the most memorable response to your work?
It wasn’t a specific response to a specific piece of art, as the messages were sent to me through Tumblr. I’m just very appreciative that people actually took the time to drop me questions and compliments and make me feel more than I’m worth. It’s an incredible feeling, I remember each and every one of the messages, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Professionally, where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
Next year, I will be completing my Bachelor’s double degree program in International Business/Business & Management. In five years, I hope to either be
- in school studying for a master’s degree in, if possible, something art-related; or
- if presented with opportunities, I hope I’d have started/have been involved in a lot of art projects/collaborations; or
- in a corporate job I really wish I’d be happy to have.
What challenges do you face in your work currently?
I am currently finding it difficult to find time to make art, especially that I’m in my final year of university. I’d like to continue with my commission work and be involved in more projects, but unfortunately, university has to be prioritised.
What impact do you hope your work will have on society?
Creating art, as I’ve mentioned, has always been about keeping sane. Ultimately, I only want my art to depict my mind and soul and I want them to show in all the work I bring forth. However, I’d like my work to transcend the parameters of art itself and give back to society as much as I can. If I receive commission works or if people were to buy merchandise from me through Society6, 20% of my profits will proceed to a non-profit organisation of the client’s choosing. This project started in 2013 and is called ‘Art for a Cause.’ I know it isn’t much yet, but I hope it’s a start to something bigger.
What’s one of your biggest fears?
One of my biggest fears would be to have a falling out with art. People grow up, people change, and there is no telling what’s to come. But I know if I ever do stop making art, I would have one less reason to keep holding on.
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