Madi Whyte VIC
What was the inspiration behind the piece that is a part of the SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021?
I’ve been developing the idea of creating the perfect line and bends and I was thinking about how everything happens in three’s. From there I followed this idea of a triptych that is also a pillar of connection while pushing myself technically.
Do you follow a process or plan for each new piece or do you ‘wing it’?
It’s a combination, I like to have a jumping off point based on research and development but I’ve found you cant plan making such large work so I have to wing it with my making.
Would you describe your artistic journey as a slow burn or a wild ride?
Definitely a mix of both, I think it’s a good balance this way.
Can you tell us a little bit more about how you became the artist that you are today?
Since I was a kid I’ve taken photos which I started to take seriously as a teenager, from there I’ve worked in painting and decided to study Design where I majored in Fine Art and worked out I love creating sculpture as well!
Describe your ideal environment where your creative juices flow?
Any dystopian-esque landscape!
Is there an artist or body of work that you would consider your muse?
I take so much inspiration from everywhere, Knots by R.D Lang, self reflection, locations and just things I want to perfect. Sculpturally I really like the work of Oscar Tuazon- he mixes industrial influences with minimalistic installation really well. The techniques of Jose Davila are really interesting also!
If you had to choose 3 words to describe your artistic style, what would they be?
Line, cut and view.
Beyond SWELL 2021, is there a forthcoming project you are most excited about?
An exciting installation towards the end of the year which I can’t talk about yet!
What does exhibiting in SWELL 2021 mean to you?
I love the location and it’s an amazing opportunity to make another large scale piece and to see my work both interstate and in a new context.
Is there anything you do to continue developing as an artist? Would you describe yourself as self-taught or formally educated in your practice?
I really want to push myself technically but also want to continue this idea of line and the relationship between the art and the land it’s present on.
I’m self taught in my technique but I developed my work at art school so a mix of both!
How do you stay connected in the art world?
I think group shows are a great way of seeing a diverse range of artists.
Going to exhibitions, checking out work online and engaging with other artists and art workers! I currently also work in a gallery digitising and photographing their collection so I get to keep in touch with the art world there also.
How do you spend your free time when you’re not creating?
Thinking about a million different things.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My parents are obviously a massive part, it’s not easy when your kid tells you they want to be an artist. I’m so lucky I’ve had friends and family willing to help pack, coming to exhibitions, lifting works, helping install, the list goes on! I’m very lucky that I’m surrounded by people who are exited about what I do!
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.