Multidimensional Being: Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabeth Wirija

Striving 22 year old graphic designer and photographer, Elizabeth Wirija, from Jakarta, Indonesia, has been making moves in the youth-run art world from a young age. She graduated high school at the age of 15 then migrating to Seattle to attend community college the same year. Wirija found an unambiguous love for photography and graphic design and decided to follow her passion in the art fields.

After graduating community college in 2012, Wirija decided to take steps to approach her passion by attending the School of Visual Arts located in the city of New York. Elizabeth describes herself as a multidimensional being and the interview we did with her below shares why:

 So when did you discover art and which medium did you pick up first?

I’ve always really sensitive to color as a kid. I was drawing since forever. But I took interest towards photography at 14, started experimenting with the camera. It was on and off until I got serious 2 years ago. I majored in graphic design so I express myself in that area too for a minute now.

I grew up with an influence in fabrics too because my dad owned a textile store. So now I’m also delving into clothing design.

 Which medium do you think you’re the strongest at and which one do you want to prevail at ultimately?

I never want to limit myself and say I am only capable of one avenue because each medium allows me to express a different part of me. So I can’t really choose. Right now I’m focused on clothing, photography and film though.

Doesn’t doing so much take away from being perfect at one? Or is that a challenge you like?

No, I don’t believe in specialization. I think we as human beings are multidimensional and managing time appropriately allows energy to be allotted to each.

Who are your top 5 inspirations? Rappers, singers, artist, etc.

1) Tyler the creator more so at his hands in different departments in terms of clothing, music, creative direction.

2) Mark Rothko who taught me the value of abstraction and the importance of color.

3) Harley Weir’s capability of capturing portraits and the soul of people. Each scene feels like a dream.

4) Haruki Murakami’s words transfers me to another planet and everything feels extremely surreal.

5) Frank ocean for his metaphors and also willingness to reveal vulnerabilities and love.

My inspiration comes from everywhere because I like to translate things into something completely different.

What’s your favorite pieces you’ve done?

Anything from my MUSE series means a lot to me. Also my experimental film “Here, Not There” and this upcoming documentary I’ll be releasing this week.

Tell me about the MUSE series.

The muse series is a photo series that highlights creative people of color. I read their energy and then create an environment around them. It’s important to me because mainstream media rarely gives the spotlight on us when our capabilities are powerful in our own right.

What is Alones? Tell me more about that.

Alones is my brand, currently working on my next collection which will be dropping march or so. It will also change its name.

Are there any other artist that you would like to work with in the future?

Elon Musk. Donda. Anyone innovative in their craft that imagines a new world.

Where does your creativity come from?

It originates from my inner child that is relentless and strives to have fun. I achieve that through creating and experimenting. Being in tune with my imagination and never putting down my ideas is crucial.

You value your inner child immensely, is there a favorite childhood memory that you are willing to share?

Of course, there’s this one monsoon season when I was 8 in Jakarta where the waters flooded the streets and got into our front yard. Instead of staying in, my dad suggested to go out with our buckets and catch some tadpoles. We ended up catching some throughout the evening and when we got back in, my mom was infuriated. I remember the fun I had just making a supposedly horrible situation into something fun.

Speaking on the past, what about the future for you? What excites you most? And what invention do you think would be cool?

The future is exciting with the possibilities. I am excited to see my growth closer to my ideal self. Collectively, I think we’re ascending to a higher plane soon enough. Maybe not in this lifetime but eventually. Unlike some, I don’t fear the unknown. For inventions, something that allows to physically manifest items through thought. Also telepathy is eventually going to happen, so the existence of words may subsist and is replaced with pure feelings. It might be easier to communicate that way. A vehicle that allows to explore space recreationally and also deep underwater surfaces. There’s even more but I’ll wait.

Last question, as an artist, how do you feel about drugs? Do you think they inspire creativity?

It depends on the user’s intention going into it. When I do experience it, I go into it with a mind that is open to creative chances. I do enjoy psychedelics due to the fact that it changes your mindset and awareness internally. Also the visual stimulation and openings that comes with it. Drugs is a short cut to that state, some can achieve it through meditation.

“This year is all about actualizing my ambitions in a large scale and creating worthwhile work that will make people feel.” – Elizabeth Wirija

You can checkout more of Elizabeth’s work on her site elizabethwirija.com. Stay up to date on all her latest thoughts and work on her Twitter and Instagram.