Jasmine Mansbridge VIC – You/Me/Sky/Sea
What’s your favourite aspect of being an artist?
The making of new things and seeing ideas in my head come to life and then being able to share them.
Do you have a favourite material you like to work with?
As I am a multi-media artist this is a difficult question, it really depends on what in particular I am working on.
Would you rather share an Uber with Barbara Hepworth or Cornelia Parker or Antony Gormley?
Absolutely Barbara Hepworth. She paved a way for women in what was very much a man’s world.
If you could meet any artist (from the past or present) who would it be?
I would love to have met Josef Albers as there is much in how he approached his work that I can relate to. His use of geometry, symmetry and the use of colour. And his discipline.
What are you most excited for about SWELL?
The most rewarding thing will be seeing people interact with the location in a new and fresh way, because of the sculpture.
Is there a creative process or method you go through to think of your next piece or do ideas strike you when you don’t expect it?
These days the ideas are generally an extension of one I have already had, for instance this sculpture is a 3D version of something I have painted for some time now.
Are you most productive on a beautiful sunny day or rainy gloomy day?
I work rain or shine, but I must say the grey days when the outdoors are less tempting, it is easier to knuckle down and get things done.
Beach goer or city slicker or outback lover?
I love a balance of all these things. Aren’t we lucky in Australia to have all three things available to us.
Is there something you aim to achieve during your career as an artist?
I already feel fortunate to be doing what I am, although I would love to build an installation for Burning Man one day, that would be a lot of fun. I would also love to see more public art in Hospitals and others places where people can enjoy them when they are not feeling their best.
Red, blue or yellow?
How do you think SWELL Sculpture brings art and the local community together?
Festivals like this often bring art to a new audience, including those who might not usually go to a gallery. My piece for the festival is about people connecting with the environment around them and helping them to re consider their place in it.
How many SWELL Sculpture Festivals have you been too?
This will be my first Swell Festival.
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.
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