The Painter Series

by Meicy Sitorus

This series of works is an attempt to ‘paint’ the city, imagining the present and the future of Bandung through a different perspective. During the pandemic, the government implemented PSBB. PSBB is a government policy on preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus by limiting people’s mobility.

The most visible impact of the policy on the city is the loss of its busyness and dynamic. The busy streets and crowded city corners, now deserted. The usual traffic jam in certain hours in several spots no longer exists. On the bright side, all this limitation gave a whole new interpretation, which is a pause from the busy life, the freedom to think and see our surroundings differently.

I paint the quiet and empty city space with words. These words are mantras, prayers, hope, statements, questions, or even jokes about our current situation.