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What was the inspiration behind your piece for SWELL Sculpture Festival 2022?

The inspiration for this particular sculpture comes from currently living in a world where the plastic crisis for the earth is crucial.  My work in recycled materials has spanned nearly 20 years, when this problematic material was known, but not mainstream like it is today.  My journey with this medium has been an education for myself and others to change old habits and create positive outcomes for the environment and the next generation.

What does exhibiting in the 20th year of SWELL Sculpture Festival mean to you?

I am new to the public sculpture exhibition work and exhibiting on a large scale, so being accepted this year, after many years working on submissions and testing ideas, I hope to learn much more from participating and meeting other exceptional artists.  My family and friends are so proud of me for coming this far… and I am also, just a little!

Do you have a party trick or impressive icebreaker talent?

I can make anything out of anything!

Does music impact your art? What kind of music do you create to?

Music is pivotal to my working days, whether i am painting fine art, sculpting or on a job painting murals.  70’s 80’s are special but I love music with feeling.  Recently loving the Spiderhead Soundtrack – something for everyone and uplifting! 

What is your favourite snack when working on big projects?

Hate to say it, but wine is a staple, fresh fruit, cheeeese and good organic local produce.

What is the most important lesson you’ve ever learnt from a mentor?

Be prepared for ANYthing! Plan, plan again, test, and test again. Be ready for failure as it help you learn.

Is there a running theme with what you create?

Items that most people discard has been a theme but quality and durability sometimes requires discovering new mediums and looking outside the norm.

If you could immediately learn any skill, which would you choose?

I have recently started working with found ocean fishing nets, so the one thing I wish was listening to my mum at an early age when she tried teaching me knitting and macrame.  I am intrigued with fishing knots and basketry.

Does pop culture and modern media impact your work?

The whole process and theory of artists and all artwork throughout the ages fascinates me. Natures scientific natural law of perfection resonates with my work and creations. I feel humans should be more grateful to what the world offers to inspire us. Every art culture derives from what we see and experience in the world.

Do you have a favourite quote or mantra that you live by?

“When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the beginning of a new reality.”

-Frederick Hundertwasser

Which work of art that you have experienced has been the most influential to your practice?

The works of Aurora Robson struck me as surreal yet haunting. Her study and inception of her designs involve a much deeper connection with the material she uses and the ultimate visionary works that unfold take the viewer to a place that reflects on self.

Now that travel is becoming an option again, where is your next adventure destination?

Discover more of Australia and to NZ to reignite my love of the wonderful scenery and peoples of home.

The Author

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. 

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