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Name: Nabila Nugroho

Pronouns: She/her 

Location: Indonesia

Social media: @maquiremqr

Website/Portfolio: https://www.behance.net/nabilanugroho 

Artist title: Illustrator
Bio:
Nabila Nugroho / K027 is an artist from Semarang, Indonesia. She was born on 12th February 1997 and uses she/her as her pronouns. She took a Visual Communication Design major in university and worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. While working on her day job, she also made artworks for her own illustration brand Rebel Girl Maquire.

Maquire is an anime-style bunny girl made by K027 during her university days. She is a mix between a soft bunny, fierce tigress and a sassy cat. K027 has a dream to see her illustration being worn by people around the world, either as a print or handmade merchandise. Right now, K027 is still in an experimental phase with Maq ; trying things to see what fits for both of them either content or artistry-wise. She also used Maquire’s platform to help support other artists / small business owners and speak up about things that matter ; usually about creativity, mental health and feminism.

Maquire’s 1st collection “Ready” was released in June 2021, highlighting products that are made with Covid in mind including compact sling bag, adjustable mask and hand sanitizers along with some stickers and keychains inspired from previous artworks of Maquire. You can shop these goodies at K027’s Storeenvy (international) or Shopee (Indonesia). You can inquire about any work opportunities / collaborations at thisisk027@gmail.com.

BEHANCE Design Works: https://www.behance.net/nabilanugroho

STOREENVY: https://maquireshop.storenvy.com/

 
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Off The Market - Nabila Nugroho.jpg
This piece was inspired from what I often experience as a Asian woman in my country. I always feel like even though I didn’t see myself as a “typical woman in the market”, I am still forced to compare myself with other women out there and reflect on what I should have as a “proper female in society”. It's like a “price tag” and labels put onto my body from the moment I was born and then slowly become an “asset” when I mature.
 
The mannequins in the artwork resemble women that conform to the “feminine rules” of society which is to (1) have a perfect body shape (2) wearing proper “female” clothes (3) wear makeup so they look pretty (4) act elegantly like a lady. Even though they seemed flawless visually, they still got labels on their body that presents the constant judgement. Unconsciously, they altered their body for the male gaze, not for themselves. Women wearing shorts / revealing clothing will get lustful / accepting looks from some men, but they also label the women as “cheap” and “asking for it”.
 
There is also this “expiry date” based on age. As I grow older, I often get demanding comments such as “Find a boyfriend! You are not getting younger” or “You have to get married and have kids at least 28 years old if not you will find it harder to find a significant other”. It's sickening to hear these “harmless” comments from some family members at each family gathering, and what made it worse is that they don’t think that kind of remark is rude. I think everyone has their own timeline, and as long as you strive and enjoy life…eventually what’s meant for you will come at the right time.
 
Lastly, Maquire at the center with a sad look on her face. She ripped her price tag, meaning she finally realized that her worth isn’t determined by the male gaze and she doesn’t have to feel competitive if she isn’t part of the market. She wishes that amazing females around her will also realize their worth if they change for themselves and not for the patriarchy….
Power of Venus
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POWER VENUS - Nabila Nugroho.jpg
Inspired from "Venus of Milo Statue" that originally doesn't have hands on her. At first I saw the statue as a helpless woman figure that can only use her body to be accepted.. I added hands on my artwork to depict a women that can use them to stand up for herself and change the world. This time the exposed body can also mean that she embraced her sexuality and is not afraid to show it off.
Women Power
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WOMEN POWER IN COVID19 - Nabila Nugroho.jpg
During the starting of Covid in 2020, there was a huge movement where women are encouraged to support each other in this trying time. What I want to show in this artwork is "keep up the spirit, but always remember to stay safe!" ; fighting for equality with mask and hand sanitizer as some kind of pepper spray against misogynist of the internet.
Mental Health Questions
How had the pandemic affected your mental health as a woman/femme creative? Have certain things improved for you or have gotten worse? 

Pandemic made me lost my first ever fulltime job and I was forced to go home. It gave me some gruelling months thinking about my self worth and fear about the future, but in the end what I got is I learned how to take things slowly, see the good in any situations and always be ready for opportunity.

What is your power word or phrase that helps you overcome mental struggles? 

Mine would be "hey its a human thing. No one can be strong all the time and you shouldn't be embarrassed to admit that you are weak right now". Also "this won't be forever. Either it becomes easier or you become tougher"

How do you think mental health/mental illness has affect you as a girl/woman/femme and how you’re perceived? How do your creative outlets help you manage your mental health? 

I think my problem is not admitting that I had one, so people often see me as that "rebellious, strong woman" but actually I was in shambles at some point. I was a type of woman that usually "tossed aside" by my living environment because "my problems are not big enough just forget it" so it makes me harder to open up. Drawing (through Maquire) helps me to channel my feelings and stabilizes my mood, mainly because I don't have to explain it in words.

What is something you wish people were more aware of that disproportionately affects women’s mental wellbeing? Do you use your art to raise awareness about this issue? If you have statistics/resources for this issue please share any! 

I wish people realize that a mental illness is still a mental illness no matter how big / small it is, because I think its still something that people like to ignore because its invisible. To be honest I haven't made any big pieces speaking up about mental health but I am trying to frequent it!