Artist’s Colorful Arrangements Express All the Creative Ways He Uses His Hands

Indonesia-based creative Romo Jack has a unique way of capturing the myriad of things he does with his hands. For a project called #whatmyhandsdoing, he photographs himself engaging in various activities–drawing, ironing, and even tattooing–that are all shot from an aerial point of view. The images are full of vibrant colors and beautiful arrangements, making the fantastic compositions a fun and intriguing look into his life.

The idea for Jack's project came from his active lifestyle. “Just like how my eyes are always seeing from the time I wake up from bed to the time I fall back asleep, my hands are also doing something every second,” he tells the Instagram blog. “There might be thousands, even millions of things our hands have got to do.”

For Jack, the challenge of the series isn't the arranging of objects, but finding exciting ways to visually communicate his ideas. He'll often look for secondhand items as inspiration. “I believe they can be recreated into something more valuable, and the important thing is to collect them first,” he explains to Instagram.

Considering how detailed and thoughtful these images are, it's surprising to learn that Jack doesn't devote a long time to planning them. “I found out that you don't need to spend too much time just imagining about a concept, which might lead you to do nothing in the end. The more important thing is to take a look around us and just do it!”

Romo Jack: Instagram
via [Instagram Blog]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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