Artist Spotlight: Dive Into Ranerrim’s Bold World

Meet Yaner, the artist based in Kuala Lumpur

Yaner Lim, or better known as Ranerrim, is a Malaysian mixed artist that has found the juxtoposition her art — bright and bold with a dark story. Her drawings alternate between intricate, detailed ones and simple sketches but still maintains that distinct style.

Ranerrim started out making zines called Non-Cents and distributed them out for free. The name of the zines came about from her nihilistic sense of humour as she often called her art “nonsense”. Since then, she has exhibited her art with The Art Seni, and designed clothes for a global audience. Behind her titles and colours of her art, lies the narrative of the unknown, probing the audience to discover something deeper within themselves.

We talked to Ranerrim about the story behind her art and where she seeks inspiration.

“Floating at the top of the world”

1. Where do you get inspiration for your art?

I am inspired by the mundanity of life which co-exists with its randomness and bizarreness. Sometimes the lives we lead have moments where things do not make any sense, as if we are living in a very boring dystopia for a brief moment in time. Even the most mundane things can become something worth pondering about. I think it is important to document these moments because they make life worth living.

2. How would you describe your style?

My art style changes from time to time so it is hard to pinpoint my art style but the theme that arises in my art is always dark humoured.

A portrait of modern girls: “Girls…They wear Gucci and Supreme and chase their dreams”

3. Do colours play a big role in your art? 

Not really, the main reason the colours are there because they look nice, and that’s it. I also like colouring them in because it contradicts the dark humour behind my art. Coincidentally, it unintentionally became one of my signature styles so I guess things fell into place.

Ranerrim got into our heads with the piece, “When I said I wanted to be alone, I didn’t mean this alone”

4. What’s the biggest takeaway you want people to take from your drawings?

Nothing, I’d hate to tell people what to think about my art. Think whatever you want to think.

5. Is there a story behind every piece? If so, which comes first- the story or the drawing?

First comes the idea then the drawing process. Sometimes, when I start to put it on paper. I would have a better idea and I’d completely divert from my original idea. Some pieces don’t have a story either, I’m not a big believer in art only means something if you attach meaning to them.

A piece titled “The Ride was Uncomfortable but at least we have reached the Promised Land”