Q + A: Mira Nurdianti


How would you describe your art?

I create illustrations of mysterious women who live within the liminal spaces between reality and what I call the shadowy realm. They’re personifications of the beauty of existence, highlighting both the light and dark aspects of life.

When and how did you first fall in love with art?

As a teenager I was an avid Japanese manga reader. There was one series which referenced its style to Aubrey Beardsley. I fell in love with the shapes of the characters and the mix between beauty and eeriness. I’ve always liked that unsettling sense of being in awe of something so terrifyingly pretty.

What is the atmosphere like in your studio?

Music is always on as it’s the essence of my art process. It’s like having a spell cast upon me. The right sound can almost dictate the feel of the art that I’m making and the atmosphere of my workspace depends on my music choice of the day.

What themes are evident in your work?

Finding one’s identity. Most of the women that I draw are seemingly lost in their thoughts. It’s as if we’ve been given the invitation to witness their private moment of self-discovery whether it be sweet, bitter or both. I think knowing who you are is crucial to living a fulfilling life, I wanted to share this with my audience in hope that it may aid in someone else’s self-discovery.

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