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The Sufferings of the Slums

by Livia Leta Dharmawan
The Sufferings of the Slum
Mixed Media on Canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2021
“All countries around the globe have some forbidden areas polluted with garbage. We should’ve known that there are still a lot of citizens who live among the garbage. Then, what should we do?”


I’m an 18-year-old Indonesian student majoring in fine arts at Jakarta Institute of Art (IKJ). At age 15, I found art as a medium where I could enjoy communicating my idea. I considered the result of my artwork as a topic about which I and the idea talked.
In my view, the idea of Messines and semi-abstract are to my liking since I believe every living and non-living thing has perfection and imperfection. Sometimes I crave to born an idea that is not my preference. Yet, I always willingly make them live in the media that they wanted.

Nowadays, learning and finding new experiences with art is my amusement. I nevertheless build my courage to create artwork by trying different media and techniques. I tried experimenting with acrylic, watercolor, pastel, ink, air-dry clay, et cetera.