7×8 | 2020 | Series 3 | Gabriel Rosati

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Gabriel Rosati NSW – Adam and Eve


What’s your favourite aspect of being an artist?

Whilst planning a new work, searching for a solution, sometimes this can take months, its like being in a vortex and you’re just hoping that you can feel and find the answer to complete the artwork. And when the answer reveals itself to you it’s like a knowing, a sense of pure joy.

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

I am exploring steel currently and thoroughly enjoying it.

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

Antony Gormley, provided he doesn’t have Corona virus.

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

Richard Serra.

What are you most excited for about SWELL?

The opportunity to place my latest work in a public space.

Are you most productive on a beautiful sunny day or rainy gloomy day?

Beautiful sunny day.

What tool could you not live without?

My pen and paper.

What did you love the most about creating your artworks?

Being in the workshop with the plasma cutter.

Is there a theme or trend in the messaging of your artworks?

An exploration of gender identity.

How many SWELL Sculpture Festivals have you been too?


What drew you to applying for SWELL?

Because it’s a well run successful high quality sculpture show.

Was the location of SWELL a contributing factor towards the inspiration of your piece?


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