How did you decide to become involved in the visual arts?
When I was in Year 5 at school, they asked us to investigate a career. My aunt has been a practicing visual artist for a while and I always enjoyed painting and drawing. So I asked her - ‘how did you become an artist?’. She gave me some uni courses to look up and some beginning steps on how to become an artist. From there it’s just snowballed. I think ever since that moment I had already made my decision - that being an artist was what I was going to do. And thus far I’ve followed it. I’ve gone to uni and done a fantastic visual arts degree. I’ve had a couple of exhibitions now and I’ve decided to follow that path.
What are the main concerns of your practice?
The main concerns of my practice are to do with romantic love and romance, and the disjunct between lived experience and cultural narratives. For me, those cultural narratives are generally movies and books around the subject of romance and romantic love.
Describe your studio…
I have a studio at Switchboard Studios in Norwood. Its a great space that I'm really lucky to share with some exciting artists, such as Julia Robinson and Luke Thurgate. I’m really fortunate to have that space. I suppose the way my studio is, is the way my brain is. So things are scattered everywhere, with things pinned on the wall. Books out. Just a general mess everywhere. But that’s the way I like to work, so it suits me down to the ground.
What about Art keeps you coming back every day?
I know that a lot people say that they get anxious without making art and I don't know if I would phrase it quite like that for me. The arts is a really magical space in which I feel like almost anything could happen. It can rain indoors or you could have a storm on the floor or you can trap air in a bubble and you can have amazing paintings. For me I can't imagine another career or another hobby or another space that can do those thing as well as art can. I think that’s really exciting. I think I come back each day to see those impossible things become possible. I like to go home and say ‘gosh’, you know, I carried a giant tube of toothpaste through the city or I kissed a wall for four hours. Who would've thought that would happen and what an amazing result I got from that! I think I go back to the studio to see that magic happen each day.
Do you have a five year plan?
I have a plan to make a 5 year plan! At the moment its just on my to do list. However, I plan to be writing for Verso and be very involved in this website. Beyond that I have an exhibition coming up with FELTspace called Since the Invention of the Kiss which opens on 7th June. That will be my first big exhibition.