7×12 | 2022 | SERIES 4 | BRUNO CANDIDO

/ / Meet the Artists 2022


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

The exercise of translating what I feel into a piece puts my emotions on a concrete stage.

Along with the unexpected experiences since 2020, I felt the need for an urgent change and found my answers in simplicity.

The strength of the moon and the large impact that its cycles cause on our inner being was the fuel for the creation of my sculpture.

It is a manifest to reinforce to the viewer what is often forgotten among all these exterior stimulus created by our society. Respect and embrace your cycles.

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

As an emerging artist, this is my first time showing my work to such an incredibly broad audience. 

Swell has been part of the history of inspiring artists and I feel honoured to be a part of SWELL, especially this year when the 20th anniversary of the event is celebrated.  It is a time of great personal growth, intellectual development and uninhibited learning.

If you had to remove one colour from existence, which colour would you choose? Why?


Can’t imagine how the world would be without any of the existing colours. But if I had to choose to live without one, I believe it would be pink.

What is your favourite meal to cook when trying to impress someone?

A homemade lasagne and goooooddd red wine.

You’ve been transported into a fictional world of your choosing. Which book, movie, or TV show would it be?

A single man – aesthetic pleasant.  

What do you wish you knew about being an artist before you started creating?

Keep it loose and let it flow! I believe everyone has an artistic inner self. Sometimes it is just part of maturing and understanding who you truly are and how to express your feelings. Then you already have something to show and maybe will be out there people willing to see with you.

What tools would you use to manage creative burnout?

Water, my partner and good food. A bit cliche, but it is what help to center myself.

How would your friends describe you?

A creative, thoughtful, vibrant and sometimes exciting loud human being. Passionate about life and always looking to see beauty in it.

What is your favourite part of the creative process?

I would like to consider myself a maker so my favourite part of the creative process would be when I can finally start building my projects. As the ideas on my sketchbook begin to be conceived, my mind goes miles and miles with ways to improve, new pieces that could potentially be developed to add and the ideas start to go on, that is when I know my place on earth.

Where do you do most of your creating? Is it from a backyard, a studio, or a kitchen bench, or other?

Everything starts in my studio which happens to be in my garage.

What is the strangest food combo that you love?

Cinnamon scroll topped with scrambled eggs with a pinch of cinnamon and COFFEE PLEASE!

What is your favourite Karaoke song? Do you have a music genre that always inspires you?

CoolCat from Queens. I have been listening to MindChatter, Tora and Rhye, but I am constantly changing my music go to for creating. 

I have a few Spotify playlists under my studio profile @fendastudio.

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. 

Follow her on Instagram @joss.joss.joss