Artist Interviews 2023 | Glen Duncan

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We Asked Glen Duncan 12 Interesting Questions About Himself.

What was the inspiration behind your piece for SWELL Sculpture Festival 2023?

It began as a play on the literal meanings of the words “Sea”and “Bed” and from there the idea germinated to represent what a discarded bed would look like and how it would integrate on the ocean floor. 

If you could choose any, what superpower would you want?

The ability to control time, because there are never enough hours to get to all the projects I want to get to!

What is your easy-to-watch movie?

Spinal Tap. Hilarious movie with the biggest all star cast ever.

If you weren’t an artist, what would your profession be?

I am also a builder, so by default I suppose that is my other profession?
Maybe a surfboard shaper?

What does it mean to you to be a featured artist in SWELL Sculpture Festival?

It is a huge honor to be selected for SWELL and to be even considered in the same class as the incredible artists exhibiting.

That’s why when the opportunity arose I didn’t have any hesitation about driving halfway across Australia to take up the opportunity.

What’s one quote or saying that you live by?

There are no thrills for the cautious

If you are having a ‘cuppa’ is it tea or coffee?

Neither, I live on a subsistence diet of fizzy, sugary liquid.


Which Disney character do you relate to the most?

Tamatoa – The villainous giant crab that collects all things shiny – from the movie Moana

What advice do you have for emerging artists?

Its not wrong/incorrect/not how it should look or be.

Its your vision/interpretation/way of doing it and no one else’s, if you have put thought, effort, and energy into it then that’s the way its meant to be. Eventually your skills catch up with your vision of how you want it to be(hopefully!)

Where were you born, where are you living now, and how does where you live affect your art?

Being born into a building family, and having access to tools, space and materials is the reason I have become involved in art.

Because I seem unable to do “small” pieces, the room to have multiple projects happening at any one time is probably the most important thing for me.

If you could have lunch with any artist from any era, who would it be?

Salvador Dali without a doubt. If that was not going to be an entertaining lunch , then there would never be one! Possibly one of the most creative and eccentric people ever to walk the planet.

What genre of music do you like to listen to when making art?

For pure productivity and inspiration it is generally something fast. Punk, pop punk and ska generally get things happening.