“mirage in his eyes
oasis from your angle
for me… it is heaven on earth.”
The Famous One from Lucas, 2011
On the 18th of October 2011, Third Floor-Hermès celebrated the opening of Christine Ay Tjoe latest site specific installation, The Famous One From Lucas # 1. We speak to the artist, whose work has always intrigued and delighted us.
One of the few female artists in Indonesia, Christine Ay Tjoe’s artistic explorations has ranged from paintings and drawings, to print-making and sculptures, to even photography and installations. A much loved art figure in her community, she has exhibited internationally and is respected in the art world beyond her own regional shores. Her appeal lies not just within her vast bodies of works, but within her own personality as an artist. Known to be reserved and introverted, a quiet emotional depth can be observed within each of her artworks— a constant dialogue of struggle and exploration that truly connects with its viewers.
By her meticulous hands, the art space of Hermes’ iconic Liat Towers location was transformed into a cocoon shaped environment. Soft fabric sculptures made out of goose-feathers and tulle fabrics wrapped around the walls as visitors were led into a haunting space of discovery. Stirring and intriguing, Ay Tjoe’s installation left a lingering scent of hope and entrapment, and many questions to the deeper thoughts of the artist. We were lucky enough to find out more.
Who are you and what interests you / your work?
Christine Ay Tjoe: I’m an artist based in Bandung and Yogyakarta Indonesia. I’m interested in the universal human experience and explore these conceptual dialogues in my artwork.
Was an art ‘career’ something you stumbled upon, or something you’ve always wanted to do?
I had always been creatively inclined even as a child, for me to pursue art had always been natural.
You started your artistic journey drawing and painting— more graphic art. You’ve since moved on to textile and sculptures. How did that come about?
My creations are either triggered and/or shaped by my conceptual investigations of my physical and metaphysical environments. As an artist, one also searches for the best way to present these concepts therefore I use different materials (textiles, paint, charcoal, etching, installation) and methods (drawing, painting, sculpture) which results in interesting, unconventional work such as my recent installation, “The Famous One from Lucas #1” at Third-Floor Hermès.
Symmetrical Sanctuary. 2010