In Conversation with SWELL judge Charles Robb

Charles Robb is an Australian artist based in Brisbane.  His work focuses on sculptural, digital and photographic media and explores notions of subjectivity and incidental form. His work has been seen in both group and solo exhibitions at venues including MONA (Hobart), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (Melbourne), the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and Monash University Museum (Melbourne).

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Ten for Ten | 2019 | Series One with Kristen Baade

Kristen Baade is a talented Queensland artist. Her work Lenticular Lenses is used to display multiple images from different viewing angles. Her intention with Lenticular Lenses is to create an engaging visual effect by using wind power, gear trains and lenticular lenses. Kristen intends to use them to create an animated effect, by using a gear train to display several changing lenticular images concurrently. The gears different sizes mean that they will spin at different rates to each other, contributing to the overall visual impact.

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Ten for Ten | 2019 | Series One with Philip Darnton

Philip Darnton is an international artist from the United Kingdom. His work is concerned with creating and exploring space and how that space can then be altered and affected. The piece is influenced by the mathematical models of Arthur Moritz Schoenflies. Some influence was derived from concepts present in skateboarding.

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Ten for Ten | 2019 | Series One with Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is a local New South Wales artist. Her work “Mothers Wisdom” is a symbolic teapot, like mother’s wisdom that passes through centuries, across geographical and cultural boundaries. Down through time it is constantly being poured out and replenished. The ritual of tea drinking provides an occasion to pause from the fast-flowing current of life. The teapot and cup are made of mother’s nature and wisdom.

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Ten for Ten | 2019 | Series One with Rebecca O'Connell

Rebecca O’Connell is a local New South Wales artist. Her work Spiralling Connections centres around the investigation of belonging and connection. In an ever increasing digital age how do we maintain genuine connections with each other and the natural world we were once wholly immersed in?

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Ten for Ten | 2019 | Series One with Anna Bonshek

Anna Bonshek is a local Queensland artist. Her work Structure references the built form conceived by the human mind utilising nature’s resources. Fashioned wood frames connect via stacking and are held by weight of tree lumber. This simple, monumental work honours nature and the impulse to bring structure into being. Part of an intimate relationship with land and conservationist practice, amongst various media, here Anna Bonshek collects and works with material typically disposed of. Anna is interested in balance—the mathematics of formal architectural structure, nature’s cycle of organic growth, reproduction, decay, and how these are interdependent.

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Ten for Ten | 2019 | Series One with Oliver Howes

Oliver Howes is a local Queensland artist. His work Big Fish is a big bamboo fish semi-submerged in the sand; origins unknown. Did it emerge from beneath the surface of the earth or was it pulled from the sea by some divine calling? Did it always possess this woody hard exterior or was it once as slippery, wet and scaly as all the other fish? Oliver likes to believe that on a dark, windy night with rough, unruly seas it leapt from the water and when it touched the moonlit sand petrified into what you now see.

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Ten for Ten | 2019 | Series One with Barbara Licha

Barbara Liche is a New South Wales artist. Her work Gold Coast CBD Sunny One Day Perfect the Next. As humans, we are connected to each other, but also to the places we inhabit. Our cities are admired, as are their development and their atmosphere. I wish to bring to the attention of visitors to the beach, the visual beauty of the Gold Coast, high rise buildings, bridges, underground life, and the inhabitants of these spaces.

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Clayton Blake on art, activism and building at Burning Man

Clayton Blake is a Queensland artist who has taken his artwork all over the world. His artwork for SWELL this year, Transparent Connection, represents the connections and relationships we have are the single most important aspect of our lives and we must strive for greater transparency with one another. The artwork encourages us all to reconnect on a deeper and more authentic level. In a world dominated by social media we need to be more honest and authentic in our dealings with others.

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THE HEALING MOVEMENT OF ART THERAPY

A great deal of research has been conducted in recent years on the effect that both viewing and creating art can have on supporting people's mental health. The findings have been incredibly encouraging and many studies show that art therapy is particularly effective at helping alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. As a result, art therapy is now being deployed across healthcare systems to help improve the quality of life and manage the symptoms of people with a range of different conditions and health care needs.

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