Yes, Black is our identity, platform or surface. As we know, before and after we exist, a lot of people use darkness, evil and horror as an art. Now a lot of brands come up with darkness or satanic as the theme that will become a trend. A good work or art that becomes an industry will create a market, good market will be considered as a trend. In the beginning, Maternal is made based on our interest in art, music and taste of clothes, and we project our interest in a brand named Maternal Disaster.
After all, we always try our best to keep in line based on what we believe all this time by defending what we like, supporting what we think is cool, keeping our friend survived, making everything we do to be fun, dealing fairly with every cooperation, and being critical to environment and people around us with our artworks. But, turns out, people start giving reaction on what we do, whether it is amazed, hate, fanatically in love with us or even copy us. We consider it as an influence as if we are influenced by things we hate and love. Satanic? no! We are not going to burn the church, Atheist? No! we still believe in ghost.
Posser? Maybe. We just use the surface, we use an image and culture to create our artwork, we just like all of those things in visual and some of essential things inside it that we think still appropriate on what we do. Some people say we are sellout, for us, being successful doesn't make anyone a sellout. Fact is, from the beginning and up 'till now we've been managing to sustain our philosophy/attitude without changing the quality of our merchandise.
We do things the right way. Only a few brands which rooted from music, art, and culture have managed to do that for this long. Yes, we cause reactions, we make people upset for some reasons, we spent almost 12 years making it good. Pretentious? yes we want this pretentious.
Over-rated? Maybe, but still, it causes a reaction, and that what Maternal Disaster is about.
Designs and Concept : Vidi Nurhadi Ranadipura
Artworks : Vidi Nurhadi Ranadipura and Septian Tito
Photographer : Agrielmi Ilyas