Arie de Bruyn
Born in Sandringham (south-eastern suburb of Melbourne), Victoria, Australia on the 15th January, 1987. Third and youngest son of Alison de Bruyn (Speech Pathologist) and Dirk de Bruyn (experimental film maker).
From ’90 – ’92 his family lived in Smithers, B.C, Canada before moving back to Australia.
He began writing when he was 8 years old, developing a rich inner world. He was often ostracized in primary school due to his loner type behavior and other difficulties. In primary school he would read novels by Kurt Vonnegut and other serial publications intended for a younger audience. He would write short stories and bring them into school.
His parents divorced when he was 12 years old. Reading texts like Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series at the age of 14, he was accepted into a S.E.A.L (Select Entry Accelerated Learning) program. He ceased writing at this point of time to develop an experience of the world. He lived briefly with his mother in Mordiallic and then returning to live with his father in Highett. Due to a difficult childhood he had problems adjusting to circumstances. He then moved to Ocean Grove, Victoria, Australia. In high school he began his experimentation in drug use. He moved out of home when he was seventeen years old and found accommodation through youth service agencies. He did not return to writing until he was 18 years old, after experiencing a drug-induced psychosis. At the age of twenty-two he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, for which he is concurrently medicated and receives treatment for.
He completed High School, VCE at the age of 19 and was accepted into Deakin University in which he chose to study Arts (Media & Communication). He completed his university education in 2009 and has been bouncing around from place to place ever since, continuing to write fiction, non-fiction, novels, novellas and make use of the visual medium. He continues his education and reading through literary pursuits. He has lived in Adelaide (S.A, Australia), Kununurra (W.A, Australia), Geelong (Victoria, Australia), various suburbs of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia), New Delhi (India), Chiang Mai and other localities (Thailand).
He has worked in various roles contributing to both local and global communities. He has worked in subservient roles as a bartender, debt collector, assistant in nursing, esl teacher and general laborer.
He holds to no concrete political views or spiritual beliefs. Rather, he is able to develop these through out narratives and believes that if he concreted himself to a singular belief, vocation or otherwise this would disbar him from the vast amount of experience that the world has to offer.
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On the writing itself:
At best it can be described as experimental writing. However, the content is varied and you’ll never know what to expect. There are horror elements, humour, psychological musings, realistic scenarios… Everything and anything that combines into it’s own brand.
Fiction writing is never completely accurate of the truth. However, what is the truth? How can one ever ascertain the absolute truth? It is an impossible task. For as long as the written word has existed, different individuals have been attempting to convey the truth into words in an attempt to pass on knowledge from generation to generation. The problem is, of course, that so many different versions of the truth exist and so this becomes an impossible task.
The truth exists in its multiple forms. Different individuals are subjected to different realities. You can never hope to grasp the truth in its absolute form. For the truth contradicts itself at different points. Different groups hold onto different forms of the truth and wars have been waged because of the contradictions that occur in different opinions of what the truth pertains.
It is important to conform to a version of the truth in order to obtain group solidarity. These exist in different cultures and sub-cultures throughout the world.
As for the writing. It is neither truth nor fiction. For to claim it as absolute truth, would be ignorant of another’s truth. At best one can hope for is a metaphorical truth. Some things will ring true for some people and some things will ring false for others. All truths exist for different individuals as we all lead different lives.
The writer’s task is impossible. For if they are attempting to convey the truth, it is an impossible task and cannot be hoped to be accomplished. At best these words and expressions of cultural influence can act as some consolation for different individuals on different life paths.
On the pieces individually: some are constructions of real events, some are real situations, some are constructions entirely of imagination and some are half truth and half a construction of mind.
If anybody would think that these pieces are constructions of other people. Let me assure you that they aren’t. The only real representations present in my work are of myself and my own experience. Others are caricatures of other individuals. You can never hope to realistically represent another individual because you never know the full story of their lives. And so, as with writing, all the other individuals lives in the world remain as a shadow. The caricatures are little more than cardboard cut outs of the truth and are produced as such for their narrative qualities.
About the images: Images are taken from films of experimental film maker, ‘Dirk de Bruyn’
Dirk de Bruyn is an independent filmmaker who resides in Melbourne, Australia.
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