“Their sweet little nothings melt the heart. Their words are full of tricks and are intoxicating. They are always loved even when they’re full of lies.”
Mulyadi employs figuration, appropriation of Old Masters work, and classical painting techniques to examine distinctly contemporary and sometimes ironic social realities in the context of his locale. For this painting, he features a text appropriated from E.E. Cummings poem titled “I Carry your Heart with Me”. The original text says “Whatever a sun will always sing is you” which Rosit interprets as a hyperbolic flattery. What is hyperbolic is not realistic and can be outright false. The word “not” that he adds to the quote becomes the central theme in this painting, because through that negation this seduction reveals its true nature.