BLOG: The Fluidity of Time / Interview with Jumaldi Alfi
Looking at the paintings of Indonesian artist Jumaldi Alfi feels like stepping into a stream of his subconscious. One enters a dreamy space with floating images of rocks and horses grounded by a background of text. Sometimes a figure is present—looking forlorn, his back is to the viewer as if he is walking away, continuing on a futile journey. Thematically rooted, Alfi’s works contemplate identity and life’s struggles, often using his personal experiences, Greek mythology and history as sources of reference. His explorations into painting have led him to combine various techniques, layering materials to create a collaged surface. ArtAsiaPacific met up with Alfi during his stint in Hong Kong during Art Basel Hong Kong in May, where he was showing with Jakarta-based Edwin’s Gallery. The artist spoke of the Jendela Art Group, being emotionally on edge when he paints and some of the new projects that has lured him out of his studio.