Anang Saptoto has been experimenting with an approach called anamorphic imaging also known as perspective projection since 3 years ago. The approach allows the artist to exercise a variety of site- specific point of view based on distance and angles, while the practice itself resulting optical illusion in each presentation.
The process usually begins with deciding images based on Anang’s personal documentation or findings from newspaper clippings or archive. Anang is especially keen on working with images from the past preferably with historical background that people can relate to. He has been using mural as medium and land the projection on surfaces such as wall, floor and even parts of ceiling to roof. Recently, his attempt was applying the projection as drawing on paper, photography, digital print and collage of carpeting materials.
Working with images from the past and archives is a strategic decision. It mainly serves to the artist’s intention to create an exaggerated viewing experience of image or documentation. Like history itself is naturally distorted and at the same time enhanced, depending on one’s way of looking.