For Jasmine Prasetio, art is life, especially in her role as Indonesia's country manager for Sotheby's—one of the oldest and largest auction houses in the world. Her love for art was a journey that started when she was a 9-year-old girl who entered the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with her grandmother.
“I remembered feeling both amazed and fascinated,” Jasmine says. “I thought there was a darkness in Rembrandt’s works that was daunting, but at the same time the works were so intriguing that I could not get it out of my mind.”
A lot of people, however, find that the idea of art is something very distant and intimidating. Changing perspectives and ways of thinking is needed to see art as a part of everyday life. Without realising it, she said, we are living with art every day when we enjoy food, beautiful interiors and architecture, fashion and more “We have to break away from the preconceived idea that one has to own art in order to appreciate and benefit from it,” she says. “When you see the world through art, you are provoked to think out of the box.”
Jasmine then tells us about her trip to see James Turrell's retrospective exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “His works are mostly art that you can't own because the medium is lighting,” Jasmine says. A whole room of changing lights was a completely inspiring and rejuvenating experience that changed the way Jasmine sees art and the world, because, “Our understanding is limited by our knowledge at a given time, but through art, we can see that possibilities are infinite,” she says. “We just have to find the right perspective.”
Read more about Jasmine's delightful interview in our August 2016 issue.
(Photo by Heri B. Heryanto and Text by Edith Emeralda)