Kirsten Baade QLD
What was the inspiration behind the piece that is a part of the SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021?
The ibis has become a kind of Australian mascot because they’re so commonly found in urban areas. A lot of people hate ibises but I don’t think they’re considering the ecological reasons behind the ibis’ appearance and behaviours.
Do you follow a process or plan for each new piece or do you ‘wing it’?
I methodically plan out each piece but improvise here and there.
Would you describe your artistic journey as a slow burn or a wild ride?
Can you tell us a little bit more about how you became the artist that you are today?
I studied mechatronic engineering at university and then I fell into creating public art through a few opportunities. SWELL was one of the first events I exhibited at.
Describe your ideal environment where your creative juices flow?
I come up with the most ideas when I’m in motion: generally walking or driving and listening to music.
Is there an artist or body of work that you would consider your muse?
Some awesome Aussie artists: Jane Donaldson, Sally Paxton, Rachel Burke, Bonnie Hislop, Millie Savage, Minna Leunig, Rachael Sarra, Tiff Manuell.
If you had to choose 3 words to describe your artistic style, what would they be?
Colourful, patterned, dynamic.
Beyond SWELL 2021, is there a forthcoming project you are most excited about?
I spent part of this year creating illustrations to go on the walls of Queensland Children’s Hospital, Level 6. I’m excited to see that come together.
What does exhibiting in SWELL 2021 mean to you?
I am so keen for SWELL 2021.
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?
I’m self-taught but I’m currently working on a research masters degree in robotic light art.
Would you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert? Do you think this is conveyed through your work?
I’m an introvert and generally work solo.
Is there an artist that you would love to collaborate with?
See above awesome Aussie artists.
How do you structure your day?
I try to keep work between 9 and 5 but it has a tendency to take over my life.
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.