Quiet and Attitude. Two words that when put together presents an imperfect but beautiful match. Quiet is space, where nothing happens, but space is where that nothing can become a spaceship, a balloon, a mode of transportation towards an experience you would not have otherwise. A daily dose of quiet opens up to endless strides. While Attitude, one develop and is a conglomeration of upbringing, life experiences, childhood conditioning, one’s brain collects data all through one’s lives and produces an Attitude that is unique. This sounds like a good match to me simply because without necessarily knowing one’s inclinations, the quiet somehow forms acceptable spaces where the attitude can be free to express itself. Be yourself some other quote says. How hard is that? Who can be who you truly are completely?
In my classes, skill of observation and drawing comes from quietitude. Letting your attitude roam in a quiet space, and what I discover is that the attitude will adjust itself towards creating what it sees. The attitude talks, complains, laugh at, laugh with, gets frustrated, grind its teeth, loses itself and ebbs and flow when the mind is quiet. One can see beauty is in artworks that comes from quietitude.
A quietitude also seems to cover the awareness of things you see, be entertained by things with the thoughtfulness of an overall experience, the gestalt of appearance that is beyond skin deep. Example: when looking at any well directed films, moving images doesn’t just fly around tickling and entertaining visually, there are thought in the spaces in between those moving images, sometimes a quietness where the mind goes into a post-visualization trance into thoughts that's in itself its own movie. A movie within a movie?
These thoughts are on a multitude of planes and surfaces, a kind of puzzle that is trying to figure itself out.
THE STORY of the ARTWORK.
The artwork titled Pasar Besar was produced in 2007 for an exhibition in The Indonesian Heritage Society in Jakarta. The photomontage series was based on history, and time travel, and the photographic collage is similar to a film still. The photograph was a mashup between what happened in 1945 and what happened in 2007 in the same exact place. Pasar Besar is a place in a small town in Indonesia, it literally means the Big Market. There is no significance in the 62 years gap. There is just time, space and a quietness in the still photograph that it is allowing many possibilities of thoughts and in some quiet way 'movement'.