The Painter #2

Meicy Sitorus

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About the Project

This series of works is an attempt to ‘paint’ the city, imagining the present and the future of it through a different perspective. It is an extension and an ongoing project of my previous work The Painter (2015). During the pandemic, the Indonesian government implemented PSBB. PSBB is a government policy on preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus by limiting people’s mobility. The most visible impact of the policy on the city is the loss of its busyness and dynamic. The busy streets and crowded city corners now deserted. The usual traffic jam in certain hours in several spots no longer exists. On the bright side, all this limitation gave a whole new interpretation, which is a pause from the busy life, the freedom to think and see our surroundings differently. I paint the quiet and empty city space with words. These words are mantras, prayers, hope, statements, questions, or even jokes about our current situation.

• The selected landscape will be the congested area of a city. The landscapes can be photographed, using found images, or stock photos on the internet.

• The wordplay will be relevant to the current conditions of a city and its development

during the pandemic.

• The project is possible to do remotely.

Implementation Plan

• 3 months (start from the selected date / months of residency)

Research --> 1 month (or less)

Field practice --> 1 month

Finishing & presentation --> 1 month

• This is an ongoing project, so it has an endless possibilities and flexibilities on the working time and space

Artist's Profile

Meicy Sitorus (b.1984), graduated from Industrial Design at Arts and Design Faculty in Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). She has big interest in photography, involved in several photography workshop and has done photography exhibitions. The photography works that she produced are focusing on a follow up on personal matters, usually associated with memory, time, and history. Photography is not just a medium of work and a documentation tool; it is one of the ways to establish communication with her surroundings. It is also a tool to help her researching and simple mapping to support the process, which is influenced by her background in design.

Currently working as a freelance photographer as well as graphic designer. In 2013, founded a duo called ‘Tetangga Pak Gesang’ with Arum Tresnaningtyas Dayuputri and has been actively performing around Indonesia ever since, as a sideline project alongside her main passion, photography.