7×13 | 2021 | Series 5 | Miles Allen

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Miles Allen QLD


What was the inspiration behind the piece that is a part of the SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021?

The need for more love within our communities, indeed our world, and the expression of that love.

Do you follow a process or plan for each new piece or do you ‘wing it’?

Sometimes one, sometimes the other. It depends on the piece.

Would you describe your artistic journey as a slow burn or a wild ride?

A wild ride along a bumpy outback road.

Can you tell us a little bit more about how you became the artist that you are today?

I was inspired to paint by the work of Emily Kngwarreye. I have a constant need to express myself in one way or another and art is usually my preferred way of doing that.

Describe your ideal environment where your creative juices flow?

Few distractions, a beautiful place, all tools and materials close by, decent coffee.

Is there an artist or body of work that you would consider your muse?

Rosalie Gascoigne, many Australian Indigenous artists, my partner.

If you had to choose 3 words to describe your artistic style, what would they be?


Beyond SWELL 2021, is there a forthcoming project you are most excited about?

Floating Land and an upcoming exhibition at Gympie Regional Gallery.

What does exhibiting in SWELL 2021 mean to you?

It means a lot. The opportunity to have my work seen with that of other sculptors by a large number of people on a beautiful part of QLD’s coast.

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?

Living life. I’m self-taught. I experiment with different media.

How do you stay connected in the art world?

Read, social media, listen.

How do you spend your free time when you’re not creating?

Spend time with my family and friends, playing games

Who is your biggest supporter?

My family.

The Author

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.

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