Behind the Scenes with Trippyogi

The artist talks about balance, social constructs, creative potential & more

Jul 10, 2019

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In our series Behind the Scenes, artists answer questions about their creative process, philosophy, and more. This installment features Trippyogi, a motion designer who aims to expand human consciousness and provoke the primal. You can immerse yourself in one of his “visual meditations” with a collection of his Meural Exclusives. (Read our other exclusive interviews with artists here.)

The artist’s self-portrait

Describe your ideal work setting

Once upon a time, I worked remotely while living on a 450-acre ranch in the middle of nowhere. I would take my laptop out into the forest and create near a river. That’s pretty close to ideal. Only thing I would change is having my full workstation available.

Would you rather have not enough to do with your day or too much?

For a while, it felt like there has been too much to do, so lately I’ve been making a conscious effort to strip away the clutter and do less. Nothing is absolutely something worth doing, and every day I make strides toward enjoying all the moments in between.

What’s an image that makes you feel at home?

We have the whole universe inside of us, and once we realize this, we can recognize that we are always home.

What do you consume to help fuel your work?

I typically operate best after immersing myself in nature, meditation, or other activities that allow myself to enter a peaceful state. Having a clear mind enables me to best pull from that unknown source deep within.

What will make you feel successful?

The times when I feel most successful usually coincide with chapters where I spend large amounts of time creating, take care to explore the world (both inner and outer), and consciously maintain a healthy life balance.

How much of your work is accidental?

It seems like about half of what I create is intentional, with the other half consisting of experimental findings intertwined with happy accidents. I tend to have a general idea or framework in mind when starting a piece and have the most fun riding the wave of the unknown to the finishing point.

What’s an image that represents what success means to you?

It means manifesting my own reality, no matter how colorful or sparkly I want it to be.

What advice do you wish you could have given to yourself 10 years ago?

Keep doing what you’re doing. I used to get so caught up with my tendencies to jump around from medium to medium, constantly trying new platforms while having trouble sticking with/mastering one domain. This led to a lot of confusion/frustration, but in the end, it helped me develop a vast tool kit capable of creating pretty much anything I want. Having faith in one’s own process and enjoying the journey would be my biggest takeaway.

What do you think is the age at which people are at their most creative?

Generally, the creativity of a child’s (under 10 years) mind is stunning. They’re the most uninhibited, curious, and awe-inspired little beings. While adults probably have the same capacity to be creative, we tend to allow societal constructs to govern the ways we think and act, restricting us from unleashing our full creative potential.

What’s an image that you think represents creative flow?

Being in creative flow feels like unlocking the door to your mind's eye and allowing the ideas to pour out in an endless stream of creativity.

What is your favorite movie of all time and why?

Memento always comes to mind. It was one of the first movies to shift my perspective about reality and identity and often left me with more questions than answers.

How do you know when a work is finished?

A piece is typically finished when any of the following are true: The deadline is up and I’m forced to be finished, I’m completely satisfied with a work and ready to move on to the next one, or I have fully exhausted myself working on a piece and no longer wish to work on it.