7×12 | 2022 | SERIES 4 | CLAUDIA DE SALVO

/ / Meet the Artists 2022


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

This artwork began with the thought “what does my home mean to me, and how does it feel to leave my home each day?”

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

This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to create a socially engaged public artwork that responds to the dynamic landscape that is Currumbin. 

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


Oh, I couldn’t! I feel like colours have feelings and I would hate to hurt them. 

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


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

Howl’s Moving Castle.

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

That there will be many failures and that is perfectly ok.

What tools would you use to manage creative burnout?

Allocating time to make freely, without the pressure of professional or financial development as the main goal. 

How would your friends describe you?


What is your favourite part of the creative process?

Conceptualising and developing new ideas, and installation day! Basically, the very start and the very end of an artwork are the best bits.

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

In my studio.

What is the strangest food combo that you love?

Biscuits dipped in chai.

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

I quite like listening to classical piano playlists when I need to focus.

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