Imagining what is possible in the future through creating in the present.
I am a multi-disciplinary designer and artist working with a diverse range of mediums. Recently, I have graduated from my Honours Degree in Industrial Design at RMIT University. My thesis explores trans-cultural transitions and the possibility of designing for a sense of ‘belonging’. Outside of university, my recent work has been informed by the global pandemic, climate change and social justice issues impacting outsiders, refugees and Indigenous Australians. I deeply value research and enjoy creating content that reflects our reality, encounters and circumstances. I often blur the boundaries of art and design, high and low culture, draw from history and the future to produce images, objects and projects.
Why and when did you start your creative journey?
The experiences I had throughout my childhood were the catalyst for my creative journey. Growing up, I was influenced heavily by my father and mother in a household where music, food, art and culture were highly valued and their appreciation for these things was then bestowed upon me. My mother is Balinese and has involved the family with Balinese traditions since birth. I became a Balinese traditional dancer from an early age and have performed nationally and overseas. This sparked my interest in learning music and specifically understanding how to play gamelan instruments. We would frequently perform at Woodford Folk Festival and run workshops where I would teach children how to play various gamelan instruments. My childhood house had music constantly playing in the background, ranging from The Doors to Bob Marley, De La Soul to Throbbing Gristle. This ever-expanding collection of music was courtesy of my father and was accompanied by a collection of guitars that he would strum from time to time. Naturally, I was drawn to a love of music through this and it inspires me to be creative with not only music but many art forms.
Can you describe the emotion of your art?
My practice is influenced by my reaction to being in a certain environment, space or time. Emotion is rather an afterthought to the first spark of inspiration. I think in terms of emotion, I have different work that reflects different emotions. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what was felt while creating or once the creations finished. For instance, the handbags that I create under yaniprestonn evoke joyish, playful emotions for myself, as the texture is bouncy and provides so many opportunities to take different forms. Whereas, looking back on the film created under lizandbetty, it incites helplessness and bizarre thinking as it is underpinned by the current issues we face in a world plagued by COVID-19. However, both examples could be interpreted and felt in different ways depending on the time and space that I am situated in.
How has creative expression allowed you to survive/thrive?
Throughout 2020, creative expression played an important role in keeping me sane and busy. I think most people can agree that 2020 was a very hard year mentally and physically, with all the tribulations that came with the COVID-19 outbreak. This was the year I really started to explore what was possible with creating and designing my own handbags as well as launching my partnership brand lizandbetty with my dear friend Visaya Hoffie. During a period of confinement, being creative provided an outlet for expression and kept our minds at ease.
How do you get into your creative workflow?
I don’t have a ritual, stunts or enhancements to get into my “creative workflow.” A lot of the time I have a simmering pressure of needing to be creative which pushes me to just start on something. I am always stimulating myself with different projects all going at the same time which helps to keep myself consistently creating without getting bored. I guess avoiding a predictable pattern and pushing myself outside my comfort zone is how I get into my workflow. Manifestation also plays a role in this too: imagining what is possible in the future through what I am creating in my present.
What do you hope the observer/ listener absorbs from your art?
I believe that art works in a range of complex ways. While I am not interested in creating specific “messages,” I do hope that my artwork has the power to awake responsiveness to the world around us, and to raise questions about what can become installed in and out of everyday realities as “status quo” responses and assumptions. I see my role as an artist-designer as working against any homogenising cultural influences in ways that might prompt reconsiderations even when the viewer is least aware of it.