At a time when the world needs hope and faith in better tomorrow, Ashno Alice takes us to dreamlands where everything seems safe and purely magical. Taking inspiration from video games and nature, she operates with vivid colors to create an alternative reality in which we can lose ourselves entirely.
Does the place where you live influence your art?
No, it doesn’t. I like to paint beautiful objects, but I live in a crowded area with a high pollution rate, so my area is nowhere close to being the inspiration for my art.
What is the most important thing you have in your studio?
My computer (and graphic tablet).
Why did you become an artist?
Because I like anime, video games, and fiction novels. It’s my dream for my design to be implemented in video games, movies, anime, etc.
Where do you take your inspiration from?
Mostly from places inside video games. Sometimes nature places like forests, beaches, and mountains also give me inspiration.
How did you come up with such a color palette?
It depends on the mood I want to convey in a piece. If I want something bright and funny, I’ll use yellowish as a main color and blueish as a complementary color to balance things out. If I want something serene, then I’ll use violet and red combinations.
Which of your artworks is your favorite and why?
My favorite is Rewrite The Sky. Because that piece is really personal to me. It tells about “rewriting” your life in a way you desire.
What do you consider your biggest success so far?
My biggest success as an artist is to be able to inspire others. Living in a country where becoming an artist is like a “taboo” thing, it never crossed my mind before that my artwork could encourage others to pursue their biggest passion. Obviously, there are ups and downs, but I’m very grateful for being able to arise in the morning and do things I love.
If you could pick one artist (living or dead) to have coffee with – who would it be?
Affandi, who was an Indonesian artist. His art was so expressive and captured every essence of his subject. I wished I could ask him about how he saw life and why he chose to paint suffering rather than beautiful objects.
What are your plans for the future?
Keep expanding my skills and trying different new things. Also – traveling after COVID-19 pandemic spread tones down.