7×8 | 2020 | Series 2 | Claudia De Salvo

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Claudia De Salvo QLD – Critically Endangered

What’s your favourite aspect of being an artist?

I love the sense of catharsis that comes with developing and pushing my creative process.

Do you have a favourite material you like to work with?

Ceramics! I have also recently expanded my practice to include the use of local materials such as clay from the dam where my studio is located and the use of local wood ash to make my own glazes.

Would you rather share an Uber with Barbara Hepworth or Cornelia Parker or Antony Gormley?

Cornelia Parker.

If you could meet any artist (from the past or present) who would it be?

Marina Abramović.

What are you most excited for about SWELL?

Installing the work, that’s when it really comes to life! Also seeing people interact with the work.

If you could go anywhere in the world to be inspired where would you go?

Pottery towns in Japan.

A world without art would be…


If you could pick a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) to describe your style what would it be?

English breakfast tea, with milk and always accompanied by at least two biscuits.

How have you grown as an artist since you started out?

I have experimented with a number of different mediums; found materials, fabric, collage, photography, wire and more. A couple of years ago I discovered ceramics and have since fallen in love with the process. It has allowed me to convey ideas and concepts that I have been developing and carrying with me for years.

Where/how were you inspired to create your SWELL 2020 piece?

The concept for my artwork was a response to the unfolding bushfire crisis and the irrevocable damage that has affected some of the most critically endangered native species in Australia.

How do you think SWELL Sculpture brings art and the local community together?

I think this festival is an incredibly important part of the Gold Coasts’ growing cultural landscape. It facilitates the community to engage with contemporary art and artists in a dynamic environment that is an iconic part of Australian culture.

What does SWELL mean to you?

SWELL is an opportunity for me to push my creative practice, develop my technical skills and engage audiences in a way that is entirely new for me.

Shelby Nelson is confident but still growing as a university student. Studying Public Relations and Business she has found a strong passion for all things events, especially when it comes to the arts industry. Growing up on the Gold Coast she lives and breathes the beachside lifestyle and aims to help showcase people with amazing talents, giving the community not only a chance to appreciate them but have an amazing experience whilst doing so.

Follow her on Instagram @shelbynelson1