Instagram: @komomorebi

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

Hi! I’m Sol. I’m a duck with a knife online but offline I’m just a boring human being with a duck heart (this is top secret information). I’m an independent artist and a plushies enthusiast from a village in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A country where it’s so hot all year round and always rains half the time. And I have been doodling for as long as I could remember.

My brand is called ‘Komomorebi’. The name came from the Japanese word ‘Komorebi’ which means ‘light filtering through trees’ but there’s an additional ‘mo’ randomly placed in the center because ‘komorebi’ username was unavailable in twitter at the time I signed up ^~^

2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

Soft? Warm? Cute? Pastel? These are some words I could think of but at the heart of it I think it’s something more like “imperfection”.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Digital. Because ctrl+z obviously haha. Jokes aside, I truly feel like making a digital art that looks like traditional art with textures (like pencils and crayons) suits my personality the most.

4. What is your artistic process like?

To be honest pooping is an important step in my artistic process but I wonder if it’s wise to put in here… Nevermind, I wrote it anyway… My ideas often pop up while pooping or other random times, that’s why I always have my Galaxy Note phone close to me so I can sketch them right away before they escape me. Then I will continue and finish it later on my laptop with my Wacom tablet. Or never finish them at all…

5. Who and/or what inspires your work? 

My feelings, the feelings of others. Dreams. Anything from everyday life to movies and fiction works. Films by Studio Ghibli inspire me too so I often draw them. The Little Prince book is also a big source of inspiration as I find that the complexity in its simplicity can reach an audience young or old and that is something I wish to achieve with my art.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

I have a love-hate relationship with art. In a way, I love it so much I can’t live without it but at the same time I hate it so much that I want to escape. Art is the way to express my feelings and a means to escape. When a stranger told me that they could keep going during their dark times because of my art I realized that through art I can reach out to people in a way that I’ve never thought of before.

7. Where did you study?

For drawing it’s mostly self-taught. Although at one point, I did have an art teacher who is my mother’s friend but what I can remember from that time was only the teacher telling us about her sad tales like drawing on the walls and having them repainted and erased by her dad… My major was English Literature at university.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I have a lot of interests so I hope I will have learned a lot of new things by then. I hope I have mastered ceramics and published a few illustrated books.

9. What about in ten?

I would love to have my own cozy little library + gallery where I can display and sell my works including art prints, ceramics, picture books, apparels, etc. It would be nice if it has a small cafe too so people can come to chill and forget about their problems for a little while. And there should be cats!

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I want people to feel something when looking at my art. Anything. I hope my art can be a sort of escape from reality even if it’s only for a few seconds when they’re looking at it.

11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Sweet desserts and snacks. Spicy food too! And of course my one true love Indomie (an instant noodle brand from my country).

12. Favourite book?

I can’t decide on one… The Little Prince is my all time favorite. Kafka on the Shore by Murakami is forever stuck with me, as well as The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. And a silent picture book called “Pool” by JiHyeon Lee is a new favorite.

13. Favourite genre of music? 

I listen to pretty much any genre depending on my mood. But lately I only listen to King Gnu’s songs. I’m the type of person who listens to only one song repeatedly for a certain period of time.

14. What are your hobbies? 

Sleeping/napping and thinking to myself/daydreaming? Not sure if they are considered as hobbies… I enjoy watching films, reading books, and clay modelling too if those sound more like a hobby!

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

Following the line of my study it would most likely be a translator but people told me the job that suits me the most is a professional sleeper and they are completely right.