QnA

QnA with Joy Engelman

It's been a real pleasure to work with Joy Engelman in preparation of her upcoming exhibition "Flow". We asked her a few quick questions while she was in the space bumping in the show this week, and here's what she had to tell us:

Hi Joy, please tell us a little about how you started this new body of work.

Over recent years I have been out in the desert a few times each year and have been inspired by the way the deep red ironstone rocks have left huge watercolour washes over the white kaolin sands as they erode. As I’ve sat and watched and looked and pondered, I have been struck that these markings can be seen as a metaphor for our lives for in a similar way, our characters are also shaped by time and the washing out of emotions, often with tears, as the hardness of obstacles and difficulties are eroded away with each day. It was this metaphor that I wanted to explore in paint and paper to see if I could evoke images that spoke of this. Hence these images.

Joy Engelman "In the balance" Mixed media on Stonehenge 56x76cm

Joy Engelman
"In the balance"
Mixed media on Stonehenge
56x76cm

What do you think was the most interesting discovery during the creative process of "Flow"?

My own life is getting towards the pointy end now with each passing year and although this brings it’s own daily difficulties, the slowing of the body also brings with it time to think about life itself and what it might mean. While I painted away quietly in the studio finding meaning within each image, deciding what colours and mediums to use, what accidental marks to leave and which to enhance, I felt a quietness and acceptance slowly happening within myself. I became more comfortable and accepting of myself and my own past obstacles and erosions of the soul.

 

Can you tell us about your work space?

I rent a small studio within the Barracks along with several other artists, a space that means I can leave a work and materials just laying about until I feel the need to return and work again. It is a luxury I haven’t had for a very long time, a space I have longed for. The studio is quiet most days as artists may come and go within the building but we allow each other peace and quiet to do our work. It is wonderful to be able to know that others are like-minded and respectful. It’s a little factory with all the makings of art, paints, papers, canvases, brushes,cutters, special effects, all the detritus of an art’s life lying in wait to be sorted, loved, painted on. Every artist needs a space!
Joy Engelman "That point of resolution" Mixed media on Stonehenge 56x76cm

Joy Engelman
"That point of resolution"
Mixed media on Stonehenge
56x76cm

Do you admire any contemporary artists working today?

I prefer experimental artists who work in new media and tend to lean towards artists from overseas like Gerda Lipski from Austria and Stan Kurth from Arizona. At the biennale I made friends with some amazing artists who I keep in touch with, Charlotte Lugt from Holland, Tito di Pippo, a Puerto Rican now living in Miami  and Suly B Wolf, a Brazilian artist now living in Israel. There were many others at that event who changed the way I see image making. The digital world we live in has brought us all closer than ever and inspiration is so readily available from everywhere now that for me, I feel it is time to explore, reach out, extend ourselves from the confines of Australia. The world of art is so large, so expansive, so full of wonder that it is bursting….. it is amazing!
 

What's the future hold now that you’ve finished creating "Flow"?

These next few years, I will be very busy finding venues to exhibit the Wild Women of Arkaroola PLUS, my group of desert artists so not sure where my own art will take me personally. I am sure the studio will wait patiently for me to feel the desire to put brush to paper and explore new ideas…. I’m always open to a new adventure either in life or in art so…. hey! That’s it!

Thanks Joy! We hope to see you all at the opening of this great show, this Friday (13th Jan 2017) at 6PM, 187 Lords Place.

 

QnA with Marc Martin

We're very happy that Marc Martin has also taken some time out to answer our little questions:

Hi there Marc,
What is the first drawing that you remember doing?

My memory is terrible, but I have vague recollections of drawing some pretty good whales spouting water through their blowholes for a school project about water. I’m pretty sure it was for the cover of the project, and I may have spent more time on the cover than the actual content!

Was there a special book for you growing up, and what was it?

My favourite picture book was probably Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker. The combination of unique illustrations and an evocative narrative resonated with me. 
From 'Where the Forest Meets the Sea' by Jeannie Baker

From 'Where the Forest Meets the Sea' by Jeannie Baker

How does it feel to excite young minds and do you consider yourself as a child when creating your images?

It’s great knowing that the books I make can impact young lives for the positive. It’s always nice to get an email or letter from a teacher or child who’s been inspired by what I do. 
In terms of creating images for the books, I just try to make artwork that’s as equally appealing to parents as it is to children (after all, parents are the people buying the books!). I try not to think about who’s going to be reading the books or what age they are, just that they’re stimulating to a wide audience. 

How does your work keep you young ... or doesn't it?

I work pretty hard, so not really sure that it’s keeping me young :)

What was the experience seeing your work published in a book for the first time?

It was pretty exciting going into a bookstore and seeing my book on the bookshelves amongst other picture book authors and illustrators I admire.
"A Forest" self-published 2008, and "A Forest" Penguin 2012.

"A Forest" self-published 2008, and "A Forest" Penguin 2012.

Can you let us know what's currently in your CD player/ on your Turntable/ in your Spotify queue?

Right now I’ve been listening to the new Radiohead album a lot, and going through their back catalogue. They’re one of those bands that has been consistently good at what they do throughout the years, and always exploring and pushing boundaries - something I’d like to try and do with my own practice.  

Thank you Marc!

Come along on Friday (19th August) at 6PM as we launch SCAPES, featuring three beautiful prints from Marc, along with many other show-stoppers!

QnA with Jonathan Bentley

Jonathan has also taken some time to answer our Artists Questions - and providing a super cute badger pic!

Hi there Jonathan,
What is the first drawing that you remember doing?

I was at primary school and I made a collage of a badger.
"Badger" by Jonathan Bentley

"Badger" by Jonathan Bentley

Was there a special book for you growing up, and what was it?

The Adventures of Uncle Lubin by W Heath Robinson. A wonderfull, silly adventure fully of whimsy and folly and the most beautiful black and white illustrations.

How does it feel to excite young minds and do you consider yourself as a child when creating your images?

My books tend to be for quite young children and they are my inspiration. There enthusiasm and excitement about life is just brilliant. If only we could bottle that spirit!
I think the reason I find myself writing and illustrating picture books is because I've never really grown up. I am still waiting for Jeremy Fisher to walk through the garden gate.

How does your work keep you young ... or doesn't it?

In my head yes, it keeps me young by trying new things,  and always continually learning. However, sitting bent over a drawing desk for hours every day is probably not helping.

What was the experience seeing your work published in a book for the first time?

Until that moment, all you have are a bunch of  drawings usually sitting in a pile but then when the book  arrives  and you hold it in your hands as a real three dimensional thing it is very special moment. The fist one was even more special.

And lastly, can you let us know what's currently in your CD player/ on your Turntable/ in your Spotify queue?

To be honest, I tend to listen to ABC classic FM but favourites I always turn to are anything by Bjork or the Gorillaz.  I seem to be drawn to strange narrative worlds even in music.

Thanks for your time, Jonathan!

Come join us 6PM this Friday August 19 as we open Scapes and explore some of Jonathan's energetic landscapes from his next book,"Blue Sky, Yellow Kite".

QnA with Armin Greder

Here are some answers to our questions, from the man himself, Armin Greder, just one of the intriguing artists exhibiting in Scapes

Hello, Armin,
What is the first drawing that you remember doing?

A loaf of bread on the wall above my bed.

Was there a special book for you growing up, and what was it?

My parents’ (hidden, but not well enough) doctor book; it gave me nightmares.
Armin Greder, from "The City"

Armin Greder, from "The City"

How does it feel to excite young minds and do you consider yourself as a child when creating your images?

The same as exciting old minds, and no, i don’t, but neither did I consider myself an adult when I was a child.

How does your work keep you young ... or doesn't it?

I think it keeps me the age I am.

What was the experience seeing your work published in a book for the first time?

Glory. And then consternation when it didn’t win the Book of the Year.

Can you let us know what's currently in your CD player/ on your Turntable/ in your Spotify queue?

Nothing. I am writing this in a hotel room in Teheran.

A big thanks to Armin for answering our quick questionnaire. Join us at 6PM Friday August 19 for the launch of Scapes and to take in the impressive prints contributed by this commanding artists.

QnA with Gaye Chapman

In the lead up to Scapes, we asked the artists involved some questions and are very happy to share our first responses, from the fascinating Gaye Chapman:

Hi Gaye,
What is the first drawing that you remember doing?

The first drawing I remember doing is a self portrait as ballerina. I am wearing a princess crown-like tiara and dancing on very pointy legs. I embroidered the drawing onto my sleeping doll, Suzon's, cushion (not Susan). I still have the drawing and often include it in my fine art self portraits – and I still have Suzon.
Gaye Chapman Self portrait as a ballerina Portia Geach Prize

Gaye Chapman
Self portrait as a ballerina
Portia Geach Prize

Was there a special book for you growing up, and what was it?

Yes. It was a book about fairies (no author or illustrator named) sent to me by my father's parents in Sydney - who did not share my Mother's progressive child rearing views. My Mother read us poetry rather than bed-time stories, Bellbirds by Henry Kendall and Salt-Water Poems And Ballads, by John Masefield. I am still transported when I open that magical fairy-book; but also when I hear 'I must go down to the sea again', or 'down the dim gorges I hear the creek falling'!
Gaye Champan's Fairy Book circa 1950s

Gaye Champan's Fairy Book circa 1950s

How does it feel to excite young minds and do you consider yourself as a child when creating your images?

It's the most wonderful feeling and I always imagine my reader as an individual sitting up in bed and pouring over every detail of the illustrations; so I like to hide little surprises and give them plenty to see. I do not imagine myself as a child when I am actually illustrating as too many other grown up people keep interfering. But I am a child when I imagine what might be possible to do, and I am a child again mixing paint and making lovely colours.

How does your work keep you young ... or doesn't it?

The work does not keep me young, too many cooks in the broth reminding me I must do my homework. I get very giggly though when I discover a characters real face and body and often say 'hello'. Meeting children once the book is published keeps me young, I get to do a lot of silly things, dress up and jump about a lot and yell. At school I was too dramatic and was always told to "grow up" and "stop showing off", so I particularly encourage children to show off as much as possible and I love not being grown up!

What was the experience seeing your work published in a book for the first time?

I was very proud of the illustrations inside my first real picture book 'Heart of the Tiger' with Glenda Millard, and I still think it is some of my best work. But I didn't get excited then and I never do now, because I always think of what it could have been. 

And lastly, can you let us know what's currently in your CD player/ on your Turntable/ in your Spotify queue?

My starred favourites on Spotify right now are:
"Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" Good Charlotte;
"Hole" album Courtney Love; 
"Nessun dorma" Luciano Pavarotti;
"London Calling" The Clash
and "Superheroes" The Script.

Thanks for taking the time to answer, Gaye!
We can all see Gaye's work at the Scapes opening, 6PM, August 19. See you there.

QnA with Pip

This week, while Pip Farquharson was visiting the space, we asked her a few quick questions about herself and the exhibition she will be presenting next week:

Hi Pip, could you tell the world a little about yourself? Where are you from, what have you done and where are you now?

Born in the Central West, lived on cattle and sheep property, youngest of 5, until attending boarding school, PLC (Sydney) when I was 13, where I really enjoyed Art, History and Sport.
Travelled to UK and Europe, cooking in France and Scotland. On returning to Australia I continued cooking at Clayton Utz. Also worked for Bill Granger, Simon Johnson and started my own catering business.
Moved to Orange to start a family and continued with my catering until having two beautiful boys.

What drew you to photography? Was there a specific point where you became interested in it as an art form?

I have been interested in photography as an art form since high school.
My boys have inspired me to capture those moments which provide me with great joy.
My current source of inspiration and leanings has come from assisting Sophie Hansen at the Local is Lovely Workshops.

This is your first solo exhibition, hows does that feel? What can people expect to see on the walls at Ludlow?

Being involved in this exhibition is both exciting and daunting as you are putting yourself out there for all to see.

What is it about Orange and the region that inspires you?

The contrasting seasons, the produce we create in each of them. My family and those close friends, who have openly encouraged and supported me since moving back to the Central West. It's quite overwhelming and greatly appreciated.

What do you have planned after Just What It Is?

A short break, spend time with family over the school holidays, and continue to develop my business and start thinking about “What’s Next”

Thanks Pip, we're really looking forward to this pop-up exhibition and hopefully seeing a few new faces in the space for the show opening on Tuesday 12, at 6PM.