Have you ever wondered why many of us prefer to live in the moment and not question too much about the works of our brain? Why is it that we call ourselves superior beings and yet we don’t pry too much into our own heads and question ourselves?
As ordinary as we might seem to each other, we’re one of the most complex creatures on this planet. Our minds are home to some of the most bizarre mechanisms, some of them still yet to be completely discovered. The ways of our subconscious mind can be deceitful and delicate to our own true nature. The unknown always evokes a sense of fear and uneasiness among humans; to know that we have no complete control over the powerhouse of our bodies can be a very frightening and humbling reality. To think that our minds can contradict against the words that rest on our tongues and what we choose to show people about ourselves holds a serenity in itself.
Yet there are those among us who dare to learn more about our minds quaint but fascinating ways. Some might think that the human brain may be of curiosity to only medical professionals and scientists, but talents all across the spectrum of art explore this daunting yet beautiful creation. Whether these are painters, sculptors, musicians, writers, dancers or any other profession; throughout history these geniuses have dared to venture into the indefinite.
Wenny B is an Indonesian artist residing in Singapore. She specializes in the art of quirky painting, mainly following current art trends like surrealism, conceptual art, hyper realism and real art. Surrealism is best known for its visual artworks, writings and the juxtaposition of uncommon imagery. Artists paint unnerving, illogical scenes, sometimes with photographic precision, creating strange creatures from everyday objects and developing painting techniques that allow the unconscious to express itself.
Wenny’s main aim behind her artwork is to emphasize on the message of ‘Looking beneath the Surface’. She echoes on the reality of how everything is not how it seems on the surface through her artwork and how we need to dig deep and ugly to truly find the exquisite side of our existence.
The building of one’s career is a tiresome and overwhelming journey for any individual. She tells us how she overcame these challenges with passion, devotion and a never giving up attitude. At the same time she makes sure to keep reaching out for new ideas and inspirations. Overcoming hurdles in her professional life gives her an immeasurable sense of pride.
During this grave time of a pandemic where we need any string of hope to hold onto, she has initiated a 100 day challenge to cheer the world up with her quirky paintings.
Her key message to other artists is to never stop making art. She believes a world without art is a world without meaning. This stands to be very true since art of any form reflects our perceptions and views of the world. To stop these reflections would be the killing of the human spirit and imagination. In her view it’s very important for students to keep exploring their artistic skills as it widens one's creativity and brings positivity into our lives.
Wenny’s greatest inspiration is Walt Disney. He once said, "If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember, this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse." He is an inspiration for anyone who dreams of creating something great out of something that might seem so ordinary and insignificant.
The major idols in her craft and work are Hieronymus Bosch, M.C. Escher, Salvador Dali. These are some of the prodigious artists who reflected the concepts of real life issues and the boundless elements of life that go unnoticed by us. Even though they struggled with troubled minds of their own, they didn’t stop to mirror these thoughts and their marvels of the odd into their artwork.
Her work gives us a glimpse of courage and unique ability to bring life to these surreal topics. We at ARTOZE encourage and highly appreciate such actions where artists come forward to stand along with the other fellow community members to share their experiences, views and knowledge through "Inspire and Empower", a series By the Artists, For the Artists in association with ARTOZE Gallery and Exhibitions.