7×12 | 2022 | SERIES 5 | MATT TURLEY

/ / Meet the Artists 2022


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

My inspiration comes from sitting on the beach and taking a moment chill out and relax. 

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

This will be my first time at Swell and exhibiting in Queensland. I am looking forward to meeting other artists and seeing their work. 

Coming from South Australia it will be nice to see some sunshine as well. 

Would you rather go into the past and meet your favourite artists or go into the future to see the future of art?

Into the future. I’m excited to see where new materials and techniques will take art. 

Are there any budding artists that you’re excited to see evolve?

I’m new to the art world, but I am looking forward to meeting artist’s at SWELL.


If you were a biscuit, which biscuit would you be?

Maybe a Ginger nut. The red hair may have faded a bit but it’s still there. 

Did you have any favourite artists when you were growing up?

Terry Gilliam. I’m still trying to work out what’s going on there. 

Has your art practice changed over time?

It has changed a lot. I am a newcomer to the art world and I am  enjoying every opportunity that comes along.

If we ran into you at the pub, what drink should we offer to buy you?

Maybe a beer, no maybe two.

What is the trickiest part of being an artist?

I find the hardest part is the writing. Its always a challenge to convey in words what the piece is about, and after all every one sees something different anyway.

What is the strangest thing or thought that has inspired a piece of artwork, you have created or experienced?

The piece for Swell came from the foil wrapper from a chocolate bar.

 I was mucking around with it  whilst having a coffee working at a power station in the Hunter valley. 

Do you prefer to create for others or for yourself?

I’m 50/50 on this. Creating and having the chance to exhibit my work is great, but I really enjoy working with other artist’s and sharing ideas. 

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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