The visual forms of my paintings occur as the result of the arrangement and the accumulation of many circles.
The circles are neither silent nor still. They spin. They keep moving. They are alive.
There may be 70 circles, or 700, or 7000. There could even be more than that.
There is a name on each circle.
Each circle utters a name.
Each circle utters the same name.
I have made the act of painting as an act of remembering God.
To me, art is a tool to get close to God.
My painting is the flow of praise. It is the prostration of the heart.
Dhikr means remembering and commemorating God.
My paintings are abstract. The form of my artwork is the result of my interest in expressing and depicting the dynamics and the tension created by the juxtaposition of things that are opposite, such as:
one vs. many
light vs. dark
cool vs. warm
ascension vs. descent
still vs. dynamic
what is on the right vs. what is on the left
what is above vs. what is below
what is in the foreground vs. what is in the background
what is visible vs. what is invisible
the feminine quality vs. the masculine quality
I choose specific kind of lines, colors and shapes to emphasize the contrast between opposites.
Through these juxtapositions and the resulted paintings, I hope my artwork communicates to the viewers the values and the feelings we all can recognize.
I also want my paintings to speak about things such as: harmony, growth, hopes, the zeal of life and optimism, the mystery of life, unity, and diversity.
Spending 24 years of my life in Indonesia and 33 years in America greatly influences my work, both visually as well as conceptually.
Personally speaking, painting for me is an act of remembrance of all that I love.