Message in the bottle #2, 2016
Acrylic on Canvas, 120 x 180 cm
About the artwork
Message in the Bottle is a common souvenir often found in gift shops. The ship itself has a deeper meaning. With individuals wearing different colored attires, the artist seeks to highlight the fact that people are of diverse backgrounds and attributes. Despite their differences, they work together to build a solid foundation. With the same spirit, goals and expectations, harmoney can be created and every individual is an equal when it comes to contributing. Complementing each other, these individuals thus move and work together to achieve better results. "Message in the Bottle" is a representation as well as a solicitation message of peace emphasizing the importance of re-unity and cooperation.
About the artist
Born in 1981 in Semarang, Indonesia, artist Vani Hidayatur Rahman is currently based in Jogjakarta. He has shown his works in various group exhibitions including ArtJog 2013: Maritime Culture, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta; Return to Home, International Union of Unified Ummah Cartoon Contest, Iran (2012); Manifesto, Indonesian National Gallery, Jakarta (2010). Vani has received a number of art awards including the Best Painting accolade at the 2012 Jakarta Art Awards and was a finalist at the 2008 Jakarta Art Awards.
Vani Hidayatur Rahman has made a name for himself with his distinctive and realistic style. With his highly complex paintings that are adorned with detailed embellishments, Vani imbues a strong concept and story into each piece and addresses pertinent political, social and environmental issues that span war to pollution. In his artwork entitled "Unity," Vani depicts a large ark - a motif that has been reiterated by other Indonesian painters such as Widayat and Amrus Natalya. However, Vani presents his own interpretation of the timber vessel by painting it in an unfinished stage of construction and glory - a group of workers on deck are still sawing, carrying wooden beams and measuring for dimensions. The flurry of activity is painted from a birds-eye view and aerial perspective, with the entire structure and frame visible - allowing the viewer to feel as if he or she is an omniscient being looking down from above.