HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING? HOW DO YOU PUSH PAST CREATIVE BLOCK?
I consume narratives and that’s what really gets me going. If I’m stuck or looking for inspiration, books are always a great resource for me to get my brain ticking again. I also value seeing what other artists or designers do. Learning from exhibitions at galleries and museums contribute a lot to my thought process.
CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE WORKING ENVIRONMENT/STUDIO?
I’m very fortunate to have a space that I can take over when I’m creating a new body of work. It is a north facing sun room with glazing to three sides that allows a lot of natural sunlight as views out to the garden. This is where I do a lot of sculptural works and sometimes carry through to the garage. I do my painting in a room adjacent to my bedroom where it is clad in timber. This warm cosy environment allows me to distil and be vulnerable with my emotions. The lounge room becomes my display room for my family to critique the work. The whole house gets a good use when I’m creating.
IF YOU COULD GO ON AN ARTIST'S RESIDENCY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD THAT BE AND WHY?
When I had my first show in Puglia back in 2019, I fell in love with the laid-back environment of South East Italy. The history, buildings and the Adriatic sea are imprinted in my brain. Apart from the art, design and architecture of Italy, the food is something that really draws me that place. That part of the world has a special place in my heart.
WHAT UPCOMING PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
I’ve got my next show in the pipework and will be taking the year or so to develop the body of work. I’m looking to explore what I’ve learned from my process in painting and translate this back to sculptures. I’m always learning, exploring and seeing what opportunities that I can create for my next pieces. I’m also trying to expand my art practice and that in itself is a project.