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It isn’t often that some truly unique and visionary artwork comes across our desk by chance here at the BAE. But this is not a normal time, introducing Twisted Vacancy before even taking a moment to learn about this artist, the work is breath-taking without explanation and offers something more… A trip a journey into your mind and the one you didn’t know you possessed. Good art looks nice but great art and genius speaks to the soul, it tells us that we are not alone, and our experience and existence is valid.
Some art can even save a life but today we are not looking at the start and the end if such a thing is even real. No, today we are as always taking a trip inside a mind, so join us and learn about Twisted Vacancy’s world below;
Q: Why did you get into art to begin with?
A: As a person, i always have complicated thoughts going on my head, roller coaster ride of intense feelings or even contradictive perception towards particular thing that happened simultaneously. It’s more than enough to give me an anxiety attack at any moment in a day. Well, from all those things its quite hard to cope with daily life due to many factors; how to maintain focus, controlling emotions, keep everything real and the worst : juggling between prejudices. Yup, in reality people tend to value someone based on his functionality. in my case if I’m not functioning properly due to invisible battles inside, then I’m totally done. Medicines helps but it doesn’t feel right, it makes you control things better but degenerating yourself as human somehow. I can’t explain it why but it feels that way to me. So that’s where i get into art. To me art is like sanctuary for all my complicated feelings that i can’t speak about. I draw, write, make songs, using any media that i can find to calm myself when I need it. And It’s true that art is an aesthetic form of expressions of one’s mind, there’s so much anger, hatred, happiness, sadness and confusion that you can put into an art, it speaks with variation of bias that articulate even the strangest things that happened in one’s mind. and the best part about art is, no matter how dark the art you produce, people still have higher tolerance to accept and appreciate it. well it means they accept you, your feelings and your restlessness at some point. so yea, art help me to live a life.
Q: What if any formal education do you have and why?
A: Sadly my last formal education is high school, and the reason is simple; i can’t afford college that time. but thanks to the internet I got plenty of books to read and gain some knowledge so i can work for several years as business developer for startups in tech and creative industry.
Q: What is the process of your creation?
A: I rarely sketch everything since i don’t really concept illustrations I’ve created so far. for the start I just perceive things, capture feelings I got and start to put everything on the run. I let my mind go astray on the process and catch as many things I can in my illustrations. then I apply colours to represent the feelings that I got when I think about the objects. every object in my illustrations sometimes feels illogical, have no meaning or correlation to each other for other people, but it’s there from how I process things of my mind, there’s bizarre thinking pattern on the process that lead me to those objects ad I’m appreciating that.
Q: What is the main concept of your work/ who are your main artistic inspirations?
A: I always loved poster art, I also got my early artistic inspirations from many LowBrow art. other than that I really loves Japanese artists such as Tadanori Yokoo, Hirohiko Araki, Yusuke Nakamura and Kazuma Kaneko.
Message for the Chariots
Q: You said in your personal statement that you have D.I.D for any who doesn’t know what is that and how does it affect your art, and what is it like living with that challenge in your life?
A: D.I.D is mental disorder characterized by at least two (or more) distinctive personality state. the beautiful things about it is it’s also some sort of defense mechanism that the human brain has. it’s been my 10th year i guess and for the early years it was total chaos, the symptoms are really clear; the time skip, sudden behavior change, etc like I’m just different person, having grasp of reality is the hardest thing to do, and I’m always confused most of the time. and how does it affect my art is just like I mentioned before, i perceive and process things in bizarre circumstances, I feel objects that popped up in my head, and I speak through colours to represent every feeling in those thinking patterns. Life is already weird enough, I’ve been through drastic ups and downs few times that I believe even without this thing inside, it still quite challenging. But I don’t romanticize things, things happened, and all you need to do is walk the extra miles. I always want to die as much as i want to live, and it’s always happening in my mind, but don’t get me wrong, this is not sad story. It’s part of me, it is revolving inside me, and it’s me, so i must accept it in every way, get used to it, working twice harder to get everything straight. saying to myself everyday “hold it just for one more day boy” and Voila, i got 10 years extra life since day 1. because i also realize that even living with this disadvantage is not a reason to stop. like i said before “life is already weird enough” and we’re all equally ill somehow.
Q: The work is stunning and has a lot to it viewing it makes me feel as if I can see the fragments of time and place, but I notice that some historic ideas are in there too can you talk a bit about that?
Q: The works are created in very high contrast colours which juxtapose to the darker themes explored, why is this?
A : There’s a path I want to pave, vision I want to bridge from people to their other side of perspectives about particular thing. also, to experience how to see things with different personality state. How art can distort one’s reality is a good point to start and through complexity of objects I try to trigger memories as much as I can since we’re all came from different places and experiences. the contrast between colours and theme hopefully can articulate those memories into new thinking pattern that lead one’s mind to different kind of personality state.
Q: In work 6 you say “ask your grandparents a story about the war which defined us” what is the intention of this and the other thoughts that you write on the art?
A: This thought actually came across my mind in the making process. We live in civilized society and we parade it around to the world proudly. For me it’s really hilarious thing since the fact are even from the early human civilization day there’s always a story about war that bring extinction , changes or lead us to better state and advancement. Every civilization age has its own threshold and “War Game” it is like the big reset button for it. War shaped and defined us that way, Our existence, intriguing egocentrism inside us and it also revolves pretty much around us even now. just little example is maybe one of us try to develop a business right now and implementing principle from Sun Tzu’s Art Of War on the process. War is an Art, dichotomy of war itself is actually serves as fundamentals in our daily life, and that’s how you can see the good side of it. There’s a lot of perspectives and factors around the topic, but I guess it pretty much sums it up. and now you can go ask your grandparents a story about a war they remind the most, and see how it shaped them, how they passed it to your parents as the way they raise them, and how it can correlate with you right now.
Q: Your art speaks to me as someone who has suffered forms of Dissociative mental health in my life, but beyond that it clearly speaks to a lot of people whether that be about pain, metal health or the darker places we all go, What do you want people to feel when viewing your work?
A: From interpretation of “Many Worlds?: Everett, quantum theory and reality” by Simon Saunders, Like building blocks to emergent properties, Adam to Eve, Shakti to Shakti Mata also Mind to soul. how my work can correlate with you is just subject of matter and anti-matter, it’s coexist within you and also non-existence at the same time, “One’s can recognize one of it’s kind”, and it’s not hurt to understand. beside that, just enjoy it, its so pop with immersive colours and you can even put it as a shirt and still look cool. Many Thanks!