MEET ANDRE BRAUN
What was the inspiration behind your piece for SWELL Sculpture Festival 2022?
Our obsession with touchscreen devices and our growing addiction to taking pictures using handheld devices.
A reflection of our obsession with memories digitally recorded, allowing the visitors to ironically take pictures using their own smart devices in front of those enlarged “smartphone silhouette”.
What does exhibiting in the 20th year of SWELL Sculpture Festival mean to you?
Essentially to showcase my art and be able to share and connect to my fellow artists and the rest of the community, and be part of a very creative outdoor art exhibition.
What are the three art mediums you couldn’t live without?
Photography, sculpture and painting.
What is the best piece of advice that you’ve ever received?
Be persistent, never compare and don’t give up!
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another artist, who would you pick and what would you do?
Le Corbusier, for combining so many art form and contemporary thinking, and changing the world we live in!
What is the best compliment for an artist to receive?
That the work is understood and creates a dialogue with the public.
Do you believe in ghosts or have any good unexplainable stories?
Remember having a bad dream the day before having a severe car accident!
If you had to get a tattoo of a famous artwork, what would it be?
A minimalist piece of art, that is timeless.
Do you believe pineapple belongs on a pizza?
If I was an Italian, possibly yes, but with Swiss origin and living in Australia for more than 25 years, I do not mind that combination!
Do you have a power outfit that you wear while creating?
Not particularly, the artwork has been designed to avoid the need of special power outfit.
If you could travel back to any point in time, when and where would you go and why?
Back to the pre industrial times, when mother nature was functioning harmoniously.
Is a connection to place important for you and your work?
Yes, definitely. The relationship between this artwork and the surrounding is an integral part of the concept.
Joss Smith is an emerging graphic designer based in Tweed Heads, loving everything visual and immersive. Her passion for the creative arts has led her to study a Bachelor of Visual Communication and Graphics. She hopes to balance her love for the arts, culture and nature with her strengths in communication and management to create wicked designs with wicked people.