WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
Growing up in Indonesia, I was always in love with the ocean and nature. Now, living in Encinitas, my passion continues through surfing and photography. I want to share my vision of the ocean and surf in a unique and different approach and with the hope to inspire others.
HOW DO YOU WORK?
While most print their photos on different mediums, I am taking an entirely different approach. Instead of printing, I specialize in transferring my photography work on reclaimed wood. I literally transfer the ink from paper print to the wood surface. The process is entirely handmade and gives a unique and one of a kind piece. The use of reclaimed wood as my medium really adds another layer of character to the finished product. In the end, it is more than just photography. It’s photography art.
WHAT DOES YOUR WORK AIM TO SAY (if anything)
The photography world is saturated with countless talented people. I aim to create my own lane to differentiate my work from others.
WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND (How did you start making art?/Why do you make art?)
I graduated from UCSD with a Chemistry degree and art was not in my radar for the longest time. Several years ago, I was curious on how people put images on wood and started my own research. I did a lot of trials and errors and adding my own spin to the process before reaching to a point where I was happy with the result.
IS THERE ANY ONE THING THAT IS INTEGRAL TO YOUR WORK?
I have always used reclaimed wood as my medium. Instead of buying new wood, which actually makes the process easier, reclaimed wood has been an integral part of my work. It’s a lot of work finding the right material and doing the preparation before I can use it, but in the end it gives a unique character to the final piece. In the process, I’m also trying to do my part to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES
With Social Media, you see so many great photographers/artists out there but locally, I’ve always admired Aaron Chang’s work.
IS THERE ANY ARTWORK YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF? WHY?
With photo transfer, every piece is unique and original. No two items are ever the same. Each time I do a transfer, I always have the same excitement as the first one I’ve ever done. However, I’m most proud of the larger pieces I’ve developed over the years. This technique has its limitation in terms of scaling up to larger sizes. It really pushes your creativity and I know there are more to come.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN A WORK IS FINISHED?
The best part about the whole process is when I apply the clear coat to it. That’s when I know the piece is finished.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I want to capture a scene, in on frame that will make audience connect to it. I hope for people to use their past experiences to connect to it. I’ve taken some pictures that look awesome to my eyes, but it means nothing if people can’t connect to it.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR?
I want to create something that stands out in the crowd. My photo transfer work allows me to use my creativity to bring together photography and mixed media art. Some imperfections during the transfer process actually makes the overall piece “perfect.” I want people to know that my work is not just about photography.
IF SOMEONE WANTS TO BUY YOUR WORK OR HIRE YOU, HOW DO THEY REACH YOU?
People can go to my website PixelOnWood.com and contact me there.
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