1. The sea’s depth can be predicted, but no one can know what’s in someone’s heart.
Laut Dalam Dapat Di Duga, Hati Manusia Siapa Yang Tahu
Lesson: It is difficult to understand what others feel, but one must always try.
2. Like a monkey obtaining a flower.
Monyet Mendapat Bunga
Lesson: If you are filled with conceit, then you will not appreciate what you have been given.
3. Spit into the sky.
Meludah Ke Langit, Akhirnya Muka Sendiri Yang Basah
Lesson: Be cautious of stupid actions, as you will embarrass yourself.
4. Soak in the tears.
Berendam Air Mata
Lesson: Do not be one who is constantly sad.
5. Like dogs fighting over a bone
Seperti Anjing Berebut Tulang
Lesson: Keep yourself from being greedy.
6. Binding the stomach.
Lesson: Save money.
7. Last legs entangling the neck.
Kaki Lepas, Leher Terjerat
Lesson: If you become bad, you will no longer be able to hide from the evils within you.
8. Back stabbing.
Lesson: Be careful who you trust.
9. Like a frog trying to be a cow.
Seperti katak hendak jadi lembu
Lesson: Do not attempt what is beyond your limits.
10. A lot of mouth
Lesson: Do not be one that speaks with loose lips.
11. Not yet with teeth but already able to bite.
Belum Tumbuh Gigi Sudah Pandai Menggigit
Lesson: Until you have power, do not act with force.
12. Eating one’s own heart.
Lesson: Stay strong, even when you face pain caused by someone else.
13. Biting the hand that feeds you.
Menggigit Tangan Yang Menyuapkan Nasi
Lesson: Always appreciate what others have given you.
14. Carrying the lizard.
Mendukung Biawak Hidup
Lesson: Despite the non-beneficial work you complete, be purposeful in everything you do.
15. A wolf in chicken’s clothing.
Musang Berbulu Ayam
Lesson: Do not try to be anyone but yourself.
Artist’s note: “The proverbs and their deep values represent a period of distress while I was homesick in Italy, unable at first, to blend into the culture and lifestyle of the locals. This series was inspired by a time of darkness; with traditional art expressed through technology, I was able to overcome such adversity.”