Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo
Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo (b. 1978) has been obsessed with the idea of painting as an expansion of a human method of freezing and preserving. Having fed up with traditional material, in early 2000, he began experimenting with resin. He has finally chosen resin, not only because it has been used in both primeval and modern culture to preserve anything valuable in human lives, but also for his compulsion in incorporating ‘an alchemic’ process in painting. For him, resin is a multi-faceted substance—it is either fluid, jellied or solid—that requires natural and unpredictable elements, such as time, temperature as well as humane intervention, in its physical transformation (of colors, shapes, concreteness, dimensions).
Arin has been experimenting to preserve, thus incorporate, different materials ini his resin works. Following the eruption of Merapi in 2010, he began to experiment by using volcanic ashes he collects from Yogyakarta as the painting pigment, highlighting monochromatic, earthy hues that manifest in grainy, rainy or explosive splashes, as the artist’s memorial of his experience living in the Southeast Asian ring-of-fire. In other earlier series, he has also ‘preserved’ some photographic and digital images in the resin, showing a self-referential composition of his painting process and visual structures that are imbued with some painterly qualities. Arin’s working process reflects a perpetual exploration of materials, method, ideas and questions around our common obsession toward ‘eternality’.