Meet Zulkarnain Putra Ramadhan, an artist that works across mediums. His first solo exhibition Anxious Visual includes two years of work, it’s on show at Rumah Sanur until 30 November.

Can you tell us a little bit about the Anxious Visual exhibition?
It is the first time I have done a solo exhibition. It represents the process of empirical experiences that I had for two years, then I summarized it into this exhibition and have it the theme Anxious Visual.

What is the story behind the Anxious Visual theme?
Everyone has a different anxiety but sometimes they are not aware of the anxiety they have so that’s why it’s a challenge for me to articulate my own anxiety into art.

In this Anxious Visual exhibition, some of your work looks abstract and dark, can you tell us a bit about this?
Yes, for me, confusion and darkness is necessary because from that there comes perspective and new understanding.

Where did you find inspiration for the work?
My inspiration came from my personal experiences and the people around me.

What mediums did you use for the work?
Photography, drawing and actually a lot of the work on display combines media.

Did your experience in jail affect your work?
Yes, it clearly affected the character of my work, one of which was to control emotions by working.

Any anecdotes you would like to share about your time in jail?
Somebody once told me that I was lucky to enter jail because it is the most expensive school. And I need to be something after I finish this school.

Why did you choose to work in Bali?
In my opinion, Bali has a more open working climate, and now for the development of its contemporary art it is more advanced than it used to be in 2012-2015.

Who curated the Anxious Visual exhibition?
My own lecturer from ISI.

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