Aurora Santika Depicts Escape From a World Plagued By Social Injustice

Aurora Santika

“To stay as a very good individual is to contribute goodness to different individuals, as finest as one’s in a position to.” She is probably not a superhero, however Aurora Santika is most undoubtedly not a stranger to the innumerable adversities of this world. As considered one of many ladies in her technology battling the great struggle in opposition to social inequality and injustice, this younger and idealistic Indonesian artist will not be a power to be reckoned with. Armed with a strong familial assist system, the happiest of childhood recollections, eager observational abilities, alongside an intricate understanding and distinctive outlook on her environment, Aurora Santika’s surreal depictions are indisputably grounded in fact and unimaginable to miss.

(2020), Aurora Santika – A Imaginative and prescient of Mankind Triumphing Over Demise, (a part of In Between Worlds collection), AOC, 180 x 300 cm

You have been born in Bogor in 1996, you at the moment are established in Yogyakarta and you’ve got been learning Fantastic Arts on the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (Yogyakarta). Inform us extra about your first steps as an artist?

As a toddler, I didn’t care about being an expert artist. I used to be, bluntly put, a nerd. I spent my days studying concerning the thriller of nature, the gallant tales in historical past of mankind,  the wonders of science. That’s to not say that I had no inventive inclination. My dad and mom have been lenient sufficient to let me fill the home with  ‘ornamental crafts’ which included non permanent installations of their mattress and a makeshift playhouse with painted cardboards in the lounge. I did paint typically, and I managed to win a poster design competitors in my hometown throughout center faculty, however the remainder of my teenage years was largely targeted in teachers.

I used to be in my closing yr of highschool once I severely thought-about artwork as a profession choice, to my dad’s dismay on the time. My sister and a few of my dad and mom’ buddies (together with the artist Hardi of Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru) helped assuring my dad and mom sufficient to provide me permission for making use of to a Fantastic Artwork main at Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta in 2013. Hardi’s good friend, the curator Mikke Susanto, guided me in sharpening my abilities for the doorway examination which I then handed.

I discovered quite a bit throughout my research within the Indonesian Institute of the Arts. In my second yr, I joined the Tulang Rusuk neighborhood the place I turned acquainted with younger feminine artists such because the Hasibuan sisters (Camelia and Reza Hasibuan), Harindarvati, Rika Ayu, and others with whom I’ve exhibitions collectively. In some unspecified time in the future in faculty, I additionally started doing commissioned illustrations—an expertise that, mixed with my ever rising fondness for good novels, ballet symphonies, and comedian books, was pivotal in shaping my visible fashion to be the best way they’re.

Nonetheless my skilled profession in nice artwork didn’t kick into gear till my solo exhibition “Breaking By way of” in 2018. The present, curated by Suwarno Wisetrotomo and held in Taman Ismail Marzuki, later opened the trail for me to take part in tasks such because the collaboration with Disney Indonesia in 2019, collaboration with Ferial Affif and eight different artists for Biennale Jogja XV, and several other exhibits with Kohesi Initiatives.

(2020), Aurora Santika – 5 Minutes Dialog With The Universe, (And Why There Can By no means Be Peace), (a part of In Between Worlds collection), Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 150 cm

You talked about a number of occasions throughout previous interviews “There are lots of explanation why an individual create an artwork. For me, artwork is a approach to talk to different individuals what can’t be mentioned or written or proven in some other approach”. It is a robust assertion, are you able to elaborate additional?

Artwork to me began out as a interest, then a cry for assist, and later a name for dialogue. The final two have one factor in frequent: to ship concepts that may push individuals into an motion, whether or not that motion is directed towards themselves, to me, or to others. If I might convey these concepts effectively and safely sufficient by on a regular basis phrases or different communication mediums with out them shedding their meant impact, then there could be no want for me to hassle creating artwork to start with.

Generally, there are concepts that may not be effectively obtained nor had a lot of a very good impression except they have been delivered in subtlety as a result of circumstances surrounding their beginning and the surroundings by which they have been to be printed. Issues like sexuality, critics on ideologies, and even bits of commentaries on the socio-economic dynamic inside a society (that are additionally associated to the aforementioned topics) are typically troublesome to be introduced up with out including gasoline into the fireplace. They require delicate dealing with. Artwork, which isn’t solely restricted to visible artwork, but additionally consists of all types of inventive mediums, is an ideal instrument for that.

However, there are concepts like private encouragement to attempt for the higher that may largely not be taken severely except they have been delivered in a extra implicit method. As I personally skilled, typically it’s simpler to encourage others (particularly strangers) to maintain getting into life by having them get pleasure from a narrative of protagonists preventing adversaries quite than tapping their shoulders and saying, “Don’t quit.”

(2019), Aurora Santika – Stormy Seas Exterior, Deep Jungle Inside, (a part of the Paper Airplane collection), Watercolor, ink, on paper, 60 x 50 cm

Your artwork tackles social points, significantly on the ladies’s aspect (rape, prostitution, couple). Your collection are delivering highly effective messages. Do you contemplate your self an engaged artist?

I converse from a girl’s perspective just because I occur to be a girl, raised as an informed lady and coping with woman-related issues. Nonetheless that doesn’t imply that I restrict myself to particular subjects solely. Whereas I do at occasions deal with points like rape and prostitution that usually contain girls (and kids), my fundamental concern has all the time been humanity as an entire. I wish to assist individuals stay a extra fulfilled life by serving to them be higher in understanding themselves and the issues that occur round them. Lots of the problems I handle in my artwork are impressed by actual life interactions with individuals who both act as perpetrator in mentioned points, fall sufferer to them, or are preventing their hardest to remove them. Whether or not that makes me an engaged artist or not… I feel that’s for the general public to resolve.

(2018), Aurora Santika – Historical past Repeating Itself, (half the Snakes and Rabbits collection), Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Childhood recollections, good and unhealthy, are on the core of lots of your collection. Is that this reflecting your private introspection work?

All of my works are virtually born from contemplation and introspection since these are mandatory in decoding what I’ve noticed of my environment, however I assume you have been speaking about particular works that significantly targeted on childhood memory. I see nearly all of my childhood as comfortable occasions passed by, which is why I typically flip to it every time I must take a breather or once I merely miss my household.

(2019), Aurora Santika – The Quest for Daybreak, (a part of In Between Worlds collection), AOC, 120 x 100 cm

How would you outline your fashion?

Surrealism + romanticism sprinkled with pop influences.

The surrealistic and romantic facet comes from my need to create fictional tales set in a dream-like world that parallels the fact we live in. The pop half has extra to do with technicalities, as I typically derive visible inspirations from merchandise of well-liked tradition.

(2018), Aurora Santika – A Household Dinner, (a part of Snakes and Rabbits collection), Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cm

What’s the function artists play in society? How do you view the present artwork scene in Indonesia? How essential is the house given to artists in fashionable Indonesian society?

I imagine artists as human beings have tasks to deliver enchancment to their environment. My mother instructed me, “To stay as a very good individual is to contribute goodness to different individuals, as finest as one’s in a position to.” I’ve seen different artists do that, whether or not as particular person or a collective. Taring Padi actively maintain protests (by artwork campaigns) in protection of these exploited by capitalistic endeavours. A senior artist and an acquaintance of mine, Ayu Arista Murti, just lately co-founded the collective Tactic Plastic and Galastica which targeted on upcycling plastic waste right into a physique of artwork. Heri Dono, an much more senior artist, wittily speaks up about issues in our society, educating his viewers by distinctive work and installations that closely borrows parts from conventional Javanese tradition akin to wayang. I is probably not within the stage of those individuals but, however I’m doing my finest to contribute at my very own tempo.

Relating to the present artwork scene in Indonesia, I see that there are lots of artists (rising or established) and only a few native galleries obtainable to showcase them. Whereas some artists—significantly illustrators—have taken this duty into their very own fingers to efficiently promote their model independently utilizing social media, I nonetheless suppose that Indonesia wants extra art-educated individuals with a heartfelt dedication to assist artists with profession administration. Extra assist (and encouragement) from the federal government could be nice too.

Artwork itself has been built-in in various levels into the lifetime of many Indonesians (this might need one thing to do with a rising variety of artwork graduates and the financial progress in current a long time) though up to date artwork at occasions continues to be seen as a privilege to these in additional developed areas. Regardless of this, a career as an artist continues to be questioned to be an actual job by lots of people and I’ve had experiences being requested, “So what do you really do for a residing?”.

(2020), Aurora Santika, A Imaginative and prescient of Mankind Triumphing Over Demise, (a part of In Between Worlds collection), AOC, 180 x 300 cm

The 5 phrases that finest describe your artwork?

Dramatic, human, narrative, analogous, dreamlike.

During which metropolis can we anticipate to see your subsequent solo exhibition?

I’ve plans with Kohesi Initiatives in Yogyakarta. The date continues to be in dialogue, however most likely someday throughout the subsequent two years.

(2017), Aurora Santika – The Chainholder, the Pimp, (half the Snakes and Rabbits collection), Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120 cm

Are you able to let our readers know which is your favorite artwork museum in Indonesia?

Sadly I’ve been to galleries extra typically that I do to artwork museums. I can attest that the OHD museum in Magelang have good collections, however I’ve heard better issues about MACAN. I’d like to test it out the following time I’m in Jakarta.

(2017), Aurora Santika – Breaking By way of, (a part of the Paper Airplanes collection), Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 100 cm

The place can we see a few of you’re employed on-line, are these on the market?

You’ll be able to try my Instagram, and call me do you have to want a radical portfolio of accessible works, or go to Kohesi Initiatives’ web site. For merchandises, try Kita Artwork Buddies’ web page.

When you have been to call one mentor who has impressed you in your life and path as an artist, who would that be?

I’ve to say a number of individuals as a substitute of 1:

  • My dad and mom,
  • Suwarno Wisetrotomo, a curator and my professor in faculty,
  • Each different one who left an impression in my life—nevertheless little—be that different artists, my different professors, my buddies, my favourite musicians and film administrators, nice writers I love, and even strangers I speak to within the streets.


Aurora Santika is contactable by Instagram, or by way of Electronic mail at [email protected]com, while Kohesi Initiatives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, which showcases a choice of her work is contactable by each their on-line platform and [email protected]

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