Trisno Adi Wirawan started his art journey with expressionism, but an excessive jolt within has catapulted him into the world of abstract. He believes that abstract is the yoga of art, when the honest thoughts are explored within and channeled through his hand. His works are now displayed at C5 Visual Art Exhibition at Griya Art Gallery until February 28th.
How did you begin your journey as an artist?
I started studying arts formally at the High School of Arts in Batubulan, followed by a bachelor degree at Ganesha University in Singaraja where I majored in art. Following the curriculum, I learned several forms of art. I then decided to focus on painting for my final project, and I started with expressionism. As time went by, I found myself unsatisfied with this style. I continued to channel this excessive energy onto my canvases and I found these abstract elements. Since then, I knew that I had found my comfort zone in abstract.
So abstract has become your true identity?
It’s not exactly like that. Until now, I still have anxiety in my art life. I feel like I have to keep creating and creating. In fact, each artist must have their own anxiety. If there is no anxiety, how would we pour the idea into our medium? Either it be painting, graphics or sculpture.
What is the concept for your artwork?
My concept cannot be separated from my own problems; it’s about what I meet in my life journey as an individual and as an artist, as well as a Balinese who also cannot be separated from the cultural values of Bali. However, I don’t explicitly and openly present the Balinese symbols in my works. What I’m showing is the spirit of Bali itself. Meanwhile, my art is now more into minimalist abstract as I frequently use basic colors like red, white and black.