You came a long way to Basel. What brings you here?
I'm a member of the artist collective A-Space here in Switzerland - I first met Roy Andreas Hofer some years ago in Zurich during an artist's residency & we formed a great connection. I was fortunate enough to have been selected for an artist's residency program & I'm currently in Bavaria, Germany. It's not too far from Basel so I thought I'd join in the artistic conversation & try to have some fun catching up with good friends!
You are a residency artist. Can you tell us more about that?
I've been applying my life into my Art wholeheartedly for the past 10 years. The last few have really started to pay off & I'm happy to say that this is my full-time job. It involves a lot of packing, planning & creating as a travelling artist but the things I see continue to make my life that extra bit special. Starting & finishing each residency I can honestly say I've learnt & grown a lot, so without it I may have stayed the same person I was when I first finished university (which would be very boring). Each project I begin always entails a lot of hard work, learning to deal with great opportunities, competing with deadlines & being flexible enough if things don't always go your way. I've definitely felt grateful to be in the position I'm in but it has come with a lot of sacrifices, rejections & perseverance.
What can you tell the young artists about their career. Is applying for a residency programm helpful for the artist?
It really depends on the type of Art you create. Each person, each style or concept carries with it a unique story & reception from the public or audience. If things are not working out but there's potential in your ideas, residencies can really open up a whole new network of people who may be more supportive of your artistic practice. On the other hand if things are going well for the artist in their home country then a residency isn't always the best option, unless you require further research into your art-making.
Personally, I've felt that this was the path I was meant to take, whether or not I could foresee it. I was in need of more creatively & personally. I wanted to be given a chance to explore, to understand myself & residencies became a whole new adventure for me. It gave me the time to polish my concepts, my writing, to take risks, to see what I would never have seen & that as a life story is really something you can't buy.
What are your next plans?
I'm working towards creating a playful & public installation in the Bavarian forest, asking the neighbouring cities to join in before my time in Germany finishes. After a brief stopover in Australia I'll then be off again attending a fully-funded residency in Thailand. I hope to have some exhibitions in China & Japan before the year is over, so I have to work hard to make these happen. I'm returning to Sydney next year to hopefully begin a Masters degree majoring in psychology or photography, to understand where my next few decades will be conceptually. A solo exhibition is also jotted down for the end of 2018 so I intend to make it the best show I've had!
How can people find you?
This is my official website;
And this is my official Facebook art page I run to keep people connected to my Art;
Despite what some may think of professional artists I'm a very friendly soul. Reach out to me at anytime & let's see if we'll have a chance to meet some day. Email is the best way to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org