Sinar Bulan by Sesilia Ken Andansari

Inspirasi Kediri Bertutur

During her moments reminiscing on her Indonesian roots, Sesilia Ken Andansari creates ‘Sinar Bulan.’ She takes meticulous care in her handicraft of every element in creation. Although she is living in Roden, about 30 minutes away from Groningen (taking the bus), The Netherlands, Indonesia remains in her heart through her pieces of visual art.

She shares her thinking about this piece: “Having lived in the States, Indonesia and the Netherlands has made me wonder of my origin at times. Being a hundred percent Javanese Indonesian, I’ve come to take a liking to Holland. Why? Who knows. This would also explain why my graphic design portfolio looks very European. Minimalistic, conscientious text alignments and white open spaces in abundance. “Why not make an art project for yourself?”, my sister suggested. “Go back to your roots, let your Indonesian roots surface. Single yourself out as an Indonesian graphic artist, living where you are.”

“So voilá, my first Indo piece. An image of a Balinese Legong dancer in a moment of ambiguity. A crossroad in life, full of unanswered questions. This justifies the gloomy tones and shadows. When one door shuts in life, another one opens. Behind the Balinese doorway is the flowing sea. There may be no clear understanding in the now, but only in hindsight. The moon shines her luminous rays, symbolising faith. Moonrays in Indonesian is Sinar Bulan.”

You can the person out of Indonesia, however, you can not take Indonesia out of the person.

Tari Kehidupan by Sesilia Ken Andansari

Inspirasi Kediri Bertutur

Sesilia spent her highschool period of her life in Kediri, East Java, Indonesia. There are still remnants of Kediri inside of her, a dimension that reveals her Javanese character.

She is now an Indonesian living in The Netherlands. There are moments when she wonders about her heritage roots. In such moments she uses her talent to explore. In that process, she creates a stunning visual graphic art titled: Tari Kehidupan.

“In Javanese belief, we enter life with four attributes: lust, anger, desire and holy deeds. These attributes are triggered by elements that colors our lives through sight, speech, hearing, touch and scent. What do we do when we see people in need? What do we experience when we see something heartwarming? How do we cope during trying times? Mastering our attributes remains the ultimate test. With this, life may seem to be only about survival. To this day, I’ve still yet to learn that there is so much more than just that. It’s about how one dances to the rhythm of life, with all its bright and dark colors. The brief moment that we are granted here, how do we choose to live it? Hence, the thoughts behind ‘Tari kehidupan’, Dance of Life.”