The Act of Cleansing
What came into mind when I heard the word “pristine” is something pure, crystal clear, yet precious. As I tried to interpret the word into my drawings, I tried thinking of things that could represent it in the most straightforward way. Like the word “pristine” itself, I wanted my illustrations to tell story in the clearest, simplest way possible. Likewise, I played around with a slightly different art style than what I usually do. I sketched thin, fine lines and drew everything in their true, basic form.
I chose basic elements in life that we, as humans, can’t live without. Things that we need the most are often the things we always forget. But they’re always around us, abundantly surrounding us; namely, water and plants. To me, water washes away all the impurities to make everything fresh and clean again. Plants do the same by turning the air around us purer and cleaner. The woman pictured doing her daily activities portrays how we long to cleanse ourselves after, by doing things such as taking a bath after a long day, or taking a shower before starting the day. We want everybody to see us in our prime: in our most pristine state.
I believe our emotions are the most pristine of all. The act of cleansing is not only essential, but comforting: feeling relieved after a bath, refreshed after a dip in the swimming pool, energized by the breeze of fresh air after the rain, reinvigorated after a night of sleeping in freshly-laundered bedsheets. These are the things that bring us back to the state that we always yearn to return to.
Aphrodita Julia Saraswati is currently majoring in literature because she failed to get accepted into the art faculty. But who says that you need institutions to create art? She is in her final semester of university, and is planning to pursue her childhood passion of drawing and creating illustrations. She also shoots photographs and videos.