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Artist Feature: Farizwan Fajari a.k.a. SpeakCryptic

Farizwan Fajari (SpeakCryptic)
Painter/Street Artist

SpeakCryptic is currently being commissioned to put up signs and interventions for SMU Arts Fest. Do check him out!

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Farizwan, a.k.a. SpeakCryptic, makes work based on his ideas of the human condition and reactions towards self-censorship.

His recent works focus more on image making as opposed to his earlier works that dealt with semiotics and the topic of text versus the image. Having been in an art school for three years and conceptualizing his way to a Degree in Fine Arts, his latest offerings feature an ongoing process to simply create an image that can be both visually stimulating and at the same time thought provoking. There is an emphasis on the viewer’s ability to find a relationship between the image and the text. With this in mind, he hopes that the viewer will question his or her own ideas of perception, and would be more aware of him or herself.

“I’ve learnt many things while I was in art school and a huge part of that time was spent on conceptual art and art history. This is all well and good, but I never really had the chance to just let go and draw. My works are still dealing with the same things as before. I’m still interested in the human condition and social politics but I figured that it’s about time I approach it in a different way.”

Speakcryptic has done work for various friends and establishments, including the Singapore Art Museum, Straits Records, the Red Dot Design Museum, and New Man Magazine. Speakcryptic is also a part of the two-man design collective, Ghosts On Radar, and likes pasting stickers onto public objects in his spare time.

Synopsis of Artwork

Battle Scars
Acrylic, pen on cardboard, 2008

This was created in the wee hours of the morning. I couldn’t sleep and was just tossing and turning on my bed. I got up, out of frustration, I guess, and took a piece of cardboard and random tubes of paint and began laying down the colours. I don’t remember much about the process, though I remember feeling, shortly before dozing off, like I had just won a war. The next day, I woke up and added the phrase “Battle Scars” onto its neck.


“forgive / forget”
Acrylic, Chinese ink on cardboard, 2008

“There are so many things I would like to say to you. I’ve always regretted about the fact [sic] that I never had the chance to tell you how much I hated the time when you refuse [sic] to acknowledge my existence just because he was in the room. I’ve always hated you for that.”
– Personal diary, 27 Nov 2002


Acrylic and ink on cardboard, 2006

Aren’t we all just actors on a stage? Always trying to pretend to be somebody else, but for what? Just so we could have a little more of what we already have?


“Backdoor Kiss”
Acrylic, spray paint, ink on wood, 2007

It’s one thing to keep a secret, but it’s another thing when you know that a secret, when told to the whole world, has changed people around you. Relationships are severed and everyone else starts ignoring one another. I know something that only a few others know, and this secret is laid down to rest in this work.

It was such a relief when someone decided to purchase the painting. It’s out of my hands. Out of sight, out of mind.


Pencil on paper, 2008

Pencil works take a lot more of my time. I’m not a patient person when it comes to art, but I believe that you have to better yourself as a person when given the chance. Since art is a huge part of my life, I’m using it as an excuse to work on my flaws.

About isk

Impulsive, obsessive-compulsive, and potentially psychic.

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This entry was posted on January 12, 2009 by in Featured Artists.

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