Cynthia Tedy is our moon soaked plant sister, floating through space with a broken heart. Tedy was born in Indonesia, and now lives in Jakarta. As a child, her artistic career began by doodling on the walls behind her family’s furniture. Nowadays, her work is inspired through her thoughts and emotions, and the tenderness and cruelty she witnesses in the world. She works in isolation, figuring how to plot and execute her artistic crimes. Each piece is a secret, almost a skeleton-in-the-closet that reveals itself through the creative process.
“Through written and visual poetry, I chronicle things lost and found throughout life; shades that fade slowly but never completely.”
Tedy traditionally begins each piece on paper, and then colors it digitally. Her original love is drawing in pen. Over the last year she has been two-timing with an ink and watercolor pencil combination.
Do you believe in ghosts?
“Perhaps they’re more like things that haunt us in life, like pain or traumas, or the sweet aroma of a freshly baked apple pie.”
Do you believe in aliens?
“Please, do introduce me to one.”
Tedy keeps to a traditional 9 to 5, weekday schedule. After hours and weekends are for veranda gardening, free form painting, reading, and the occasional chillaxing session with close friends.
Nighttime is for reading, listening to music, and falling asleep. To keep to her schedule, Tedy sleeps early and wakes up early.
She is proud of the fact that she is alive, and that she is still drawing.
What’s the last dream you can remember?
“I wanted to be a full-time comic artist, or a writer of some sort.”
Your idea of happiness?
“When you don’t even feel the need to think about happiness.”
Your main fault?
“I am a coward with one leg stuck in the past. It’s probably why a lot of people tell me my work feels very nostalgic.”
Your favorite virtue?
“I admire the everyday people who keep on living despite of pain, failures, and heartbreak. Courage is something I lack, and strive to build slowly.”
What’s on piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
“Fail a lot more early on, it’s alright and it will help you grow.”
“In the end, what matters is to know you are faithful to yourself, and you’ll be okay.”
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