Tony Stanton caught up with digital collage maverick Fajar Domingo after his successful outing at W Hotel Bali – Seminyak
Wonderful images Mr Fajar – we’ll get to that. In the meantime can you tell us a bit about yourself; where you’re from and how you grew up?
Thank you! I was born in Malang, East Java, and grew up in Surabaya. Now I live in Jakarta running a graphic design studio with a friend.
How did you get started with the art, and what path has led you to where you are now?
Like many other kids (I guess) I used my bedroom wall as a canvas. I cut up my sister’s magazines and glued stuff together to make my world. When I got older I studied graphic design and continued to make art in my leisure time.
What’s the process involved here? Is it always in the same medium?
For now, yes. Digital collage. I’m fascinated with old photos and the stories behind them, whether it’s something I see in a magazine or on the internet … or even in my grandma’s photo collections. Somehow I am compelled to make something from them, to create something totally new, both with the images and the stories that go with them.
Where do the ideas come from?
From everyday life.
Do you find yourself returning to the same themes?
I do. I always start out to create something new but often the same themes come through.
How would you define yourself as an artist?
I make a living as a graphic designer, but more and more people recognise me as an artist. Somehow it has become a strength to be a designer who knows art, and an artist who understands design.
Do you suffer for your art?
Yes! But the final piece is always a great pay off.
Has it always been the main focus of your life? Or did you once work in a bank and decide the chuck it all in and follow your dreams?
I wanted to be an artist from when I was a kid, but my family was against it, so I went into graphic design instead.
What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?
I don’t know, maybe a singer in a rock band!
What’s the project you’ve been working on with W Bali – Seminyak?
I created the artwork and visual atmosphere for the resort’s yearly summer party. It became the main visual for the event itself.
Which artist has most influenced you over time?
I would have to say René Magritte.
OK a few quick questions: Favourite colour?
Don’t have one. Every colour has its own story.
Mostly Japanese. Akira Kurosawa’s movies always move me.
Animal Farm by George Orwell.
And finally, do you have a mantra that you live by?
The world doesn’t happen to you, it happens from you!
True that. Thanks for your time Fajar.