Cemburu Saya (I’m Jealous) references Murni’s real-life fascination with high heels and perhaps, more broadly, her challenges with society’s gender norms. In an interview with Kompas, Murni spoke about her complicated involvement with high heels as she admired their beauty but also acknowledged the pain they caused her:
Additionally, Murni’s reoccurring motif of high heels could have also stemmed from her experience with poverty. Murni was deeply sensitive to the luxuries that the poor could not afford. In reference to this painting’s title, the high heels could represent what Murni wished to have, but could not attain.
Scholars such as Dr. Astri Wright have also ventured into the shamanistic motifs of Murni’s paintings, often referencing Murni’s susceptibility to vivid dreams. Murni’s paintings bring us into her unseen world, full of strange creatures who exist in her dreams and subconscious. Surreal yet deeply psychological, Murni combines her personal and cultural experiences from many angles, creating an art that is both intensely intimate and universal.