Red Hot Beauty Burden

Red Hot Beauty Burden
(Stoneware, glaze, 1250 deg.C, installation in various dimension, 2011) 
"How much are we really aware of our body? Is the skin our physical border? How much space do we each actually occupy? I made body extension out of hands, feet, and the mouth; which are embellishing and hindrance at the same time. It is a comment on the beauty and body cult."
(Mella Jaarsma)

♪ ♫ ♪ Bella Legusi's Dead - Nouvelle Vague ♪ ♫ ♪

(The other models: Louise and Anto Arief)


Strange and creepy arts are always excite me. On top of it, Mella Jaarsma's work of art is the one that never fails to impress. Combining enough strangeness that sometime disturbing with issues on fashion, beauty, and feminism; she makes everyone's head not only turn around for a second glance but also makes them stare at her works, intrigued by it. 

Recently, she just exhibit her work in the window of Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton at the Champs-Elysées, Paris, France in a group exhibition with leading Indonesian artists curated by Hervé Mikaeloff (read here and here). She also owns a top contemporary art gallery in Indonesia, Cemeti Art House- situated in Yogyakarta. 



About being an Art Installation Mannequin 

When mbak Mella called for models to wear her works exhibited in Soemardja Gallery, Bandung; I immediately offer myself to be part of the exhibition. I had no idea what kind of "big chunky red necklace" she wanted me to wear, but, whatever it is, I knew it would be totally strange, intriguing, and exciting. 

As you can see, the necklace covers my face, the ‘beads’ were shaped in teeth and gum form, somehow it looks a bit sadomasochist (which went totally perfect with the juxtapose of me wearing a girly mini white lace dress and heels), and I ought to stand stapled to the wall wearing that necklace and posing as a mannequin. The necklace was so horrid, it’s beautiful. 

Since I was forbade to move (and I wasn’t even intended too); my mind moves wildly. Now I have a clue on how it feels to be a piece of art displayed in a gallery- under the spotlight- during the opening night. I wasn’t even worried about how it might look like, mbak Mella was the star of that night exhibition, her works were intense, and the one that I wore was the weirdest of all. Meaning, everyone’s eyes set on that one, everyone starts taking pictures and approaching, and take a long look and long talk about it. Some people asked whether the artist was insane. Everyone even wonders why did I wear a lace miniskirt while the others wear t-shirt (well, that’s the only plain white piece I brought here). I’m glad they think it was conceptual. 

What do you think?



White Lace Dress / Versicle Shop
White Shoes / Connexion 

P.S.: Sorry for the poor quality images, my dear photographer wasn't around; my sister and my friend took the picture instead..using the pocket and cell-phone camera. I'll change the pictures as soon as I receive it from the artist. 

P.S.S.: If you find this post intriguing, perhaps you can take a look to another fashion-meets-art project I did with silk dress and menstruation blood in a Japanese artist's project via Cemeti Art House few years ago. (Click here to read or download the booklet about it)


Happy Halloween!! 


A Place Where Time is Irrelevant

The earth belongs to anyone who stops for a moment, gazes and goes on his way


What would you do on a day when the sun shine at its best and the cloud seem to vanish, leaving the blue magnificent sky bare and sweet? You know.. this kind of day when the wind blows not very gently, and you don't mind the messy hair. 

Time might not stop, but it just simply seem irrelevant. The best thing in a day like that, is to be with the one you love most right next to you. The journey will soon remind you of your love story..for love, is also a journey. A road trip with beautiful scenery along the way, made perfect by the ups and downs, when two hearts grow closer until it bounds as one. As one, we walk down the road to a place where time seems irrelevant.. amazed by the newness of everyday life. 


We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.

Carson McCullers

Being in a heavenly place where time is irrelevant, here are the things I usually do:

{Learn to fly!}

{ Let the wind stoke my hair while I'm laying the picnic mat..}

{Put all my heart in crafty stuff}

{Read on a shade under the sun}

{Daydream under the endless blue sky ..}

{..and lose myself!}

♪ ♫ ♪ Road to Nowhere - Nouvelle Vogue ♪ ♫ ♪


Skirt / Popperca
White Top / my sister's
Pink Bolero / Orchid Boutique

Photographed by Dito Yuwono on a surprise road trip he took me..

I always love all the trip we go, every step we take brings us closer and closer.




The Exciting October #1

I don't know whether I should be happy or sad. 
It's like the good news are mixed with a bad timing and uncomfortable fact, you see..


Lets start with the good news. 

Take a look at this poster below.. after having his solo exhibition last July (where this outfit photo is taken), Mr.Boyfriend is going to have a group photo exhibition presented by Ruang Mes56 in celebrating Le Mois de la Photo 2011 (the month of photography) held by Centre Culturel Français de Yogyakarta (LIP). He is now taking the path of being a full-time artist in contemporary photography while I'm walking my way by his side (and hoping that he won't stop being my photographer..ever..lol!)

3Point Award #1 is an annual photography award for three young contemporary photographer who performs exquisite work in that field. Read more about it here and make sure you won't miss the exhibition. 

Save the date!

 3 Point Award Photo Exhibition 2011 

Opening Exhibition : Saturday 8th October 2011 at 19.00
venue : Kelas Pagi Yogyakarta
Jl. Brig Jend Katamso - Prawirodirjan GM II /1226

Exhibition :
9th October to 31 October 2011
at 09.00 to 21.00

Artist Conversation : 
Monday 10th October 2011 at 16.00

RSVP here
More info here



Aside from that, my Lir Shop will held two events in a row this weekend: 

Crafty Saturday with Hello Bleu 
"Making Your Own Coin Pouch"
October 8, 2011 at 3pm


Celebrating World Toycam Day 2011
ToyCam Loves Jogja with Klastic YK
10-16 October 2011

(Click the title of the events to get more info)

Don't miss it! Don't miss it!



Don't miss it, because I will.. *sad face*

Yeep.. the bad news is.. with all those exciting things happening in Jogja, I am still residing in Bandung.. all those exciting events that I will surely miss.. :( So please..please..please dear reader.. if you're happen to be in Jogja this October, make sure you won't miss these events (because I will).. buhuhuhuhu.. :'((

Black Top / Little Garage
Short Jeans / Thrifted
Black Peep-Toe Shoes / Absolutee
Photographer Ring / Cuteruu

Photographed by Dito Yuwono



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