Daniel Clemmett NSW
What was the inspiration behind the piece that is a part of the SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021?
Past critiques and fears for the future.
Do you follow a process or plan for each new piece or do you ‘wing it’?
I’m a Gemini so both.
Would you describe your artistic journey as a slow burn or a wild ride?
Again I’d say as a Gemini both have been a fair description at different times.
Can you tell us a little bit more about how you became the artist that you are today?
The last twelve years have seen me prioritise being a father. A little gut shot in England in 2008 also helped. And I won SWELL twice, 2007 and 2014.
Describe your ideal environment where your creative juices flow?
I believe in creating a life I don’t need to take holidays from. COVID has simplified that somewhat, my juices flow at home.
Is there an artist or body of work that you would consider your muse?
I have misquoted a lot of artists but would not consider any as my muse.
If you had to choose 3 words to describe your artistic style, what would they be?
Meaningless, ideological, satire.
Beyond SWELL 2021, is there a forthcoming project you are most excited about?
My youngest starting school, I might even do social media again, maybe. SWELL 2022 I already plan on ripping on some ABC kids show.
What does exhibiting in SWELL 2021 mean to you?
It’s good therapy and I always appreciate the opportunity.
Is there anything you do to continue developing as an artist? Would you describe yourself as self-taught or formally educated in your artistic practice?
Engage more as an artist when I can be less present as a parent, I am both self educated. Damn Gemini.
Where did you grow up?
Have you got a favourite Art Gallery in Australia?
Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery.
Tea or coffee?
Both but usually coffee if pushed.
Courtney Stephens is an emerging creative event producer based in Tweed Heads. After a successful career as a Practice Manager, her passion for the creative arts industry has led her to study a Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management. She hopes to balance her love for the arts, culture and nature with her strengths in communication and management to create community based events.