Artist Interviews 2023 | Sean Winter

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We Asked Sean Winter 12 Interesting Questions About Himself.

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

As a Industrial Technology and Design teacher I try to incorporate elements of the curriculum into real life design challenges to make the learning relevant and fun for my students. Being a local fisherman on the Gold Coast I want to raise awareness of the threat to fish stocks and the fishing industry through this sculpture. I would like to influence my students and audience to reflect on the challenges currently impacting marine environments.

Do you have a party trick or impressive icebreaker talent?

Telling tall tales

Who is an artist that inspires you to create?

Salvador Dali

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


What is your easy-to-watch movie?

Big Wednesday

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

Well I am actually a full time teacher and part time artist but I would have liked to be a cattle farmer.

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

Persistence beats resistance

Do you have a favourite song you like to play when working on your art?

Rage against the machine …. any song!

SWELL is all about connecting people, art and place, how does your work help connect people, art and place?

Hopefully people will look at my sculpture and it will help generate discussion around the challenges currently impacting marine environments with constructive, positive dialogue.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Either professionally or socially?

When you’re in a bigger boat, help others through the storm

If you could travel back in time and do one thing, when would it be and what would you do?

Lunch and a couple of beers with Salvador Dali

What is your favourite meal to cook when trying to impress someone?

Homemade pizza from my Roccbox.