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