We had the good fortune of connecting with Ari Puguh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ari, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I grew up in Indonesia and spent some time in Europe, South East Asia & the Middle East, and now I am based in the USA. My childhood experience back in Indonesia definitely leads me to my goal and purpose in life, that is to bring a positive impact on children’s world thru my art and design. Experiencing an unpleasant childhood; lived in poverty, injustices treatments, lack of support and care brought me to my mission of helping as well as motivating children no matter what circumstances and limitations they have. Believing all children should have the same right to reach whatever they want to pursue in their future, drives my need to give back on contributing to something that I was missing, giving hope and inspiration to children. My long term goal is to dedicate my works to child culture design.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As I stated earlier, the experiences I had during my childhood shaped my main motivations for me to dedicate my work to child culture art/design and child at heart. I would like to bring a positive impact on the children’s world, and the world in general. Coming from an unpleasant childhood background, I feel a need for giving back and contributing something that I am missing during my past, giving hope and inspiration to children (despite their circumstances & background). I believe these kinds of experiences had thought me to have more empathy and understanding other’s point of view and listen to others better. Therefore, you might see some of my works are mostly speaking in the language of cheerfulness, positivity & naivety. For me personally, I don’t want to create art just for the sake of creating it, as an artist I think it’s important to bring a message to your work, and at this point, I chose to share an uplifting message to the people and community. There are so many noises in the world right now, and I am fully aware of it. But I believe my mission at this point is not to add another noise/disruption, but rather to give some feeling of comfort and calmness to the people that see my work. I believe this goal of mine is a long term journey. I constantly keep on reminding myself of my main why, it’s a process where I have to take it one step at a time. I hope my work could bring a positive impact to the people, and bring a sense of hope after seeing it.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank people at Passion Planner that share their love and support to me as an artist and individuals. They’ve been extremely supportive and helpful towards my transitions here in the US. Can’t thank them enough!
(Exhibition & Self Portrait: Art Studio, Manarat Al Saadiyat)