Have you always seen yourself as an artist?
No. It was never something I really thought about, at all. I knew it was a possibility that it could be achievable or that it could still be a part of my life but I didn’t know what why it would.
I guess, my Mum and Dad are creative, so that’s come from them, I’ve sort of followed suit. My Mum makes clothes, she’s also a good cook, Dad’s a civil engineer and he draws a lot of bridges, things like that. But they have more of a practicality rather than being a more fun/ passion project.
When I was going to uni, I’d always thought I’d end up in animation and animation only. I never thought I’d ever go in this sort of direction. Instead, being creative is something on the side, a project I work towards in my spare time whilst also having a full-time job. It’s funny how it’s all worked out. At this point I’m looking for that creative job that I can make money from. I’d like to shift the balance, rather than working in retail and being creative on the side, having a full-time job in which I can be creative in.
Many of your artworks are inspired by the anatomy of both humans and animals, what drew you to this subject matter?
I was very big into the gothic subculture in high-school, so I guess that’s when the iconography started. You always see skulls in that subculture world. So, the initial interest was brewing there.
Living in Wagga turned it into something that was conceptually interesting to me. I’ve never been surrounded by death, I’ve never been to a funeral, never had that exposure to see it as something that’s dead and I never had that sort of concept of it. But moving to Wagga, and coming into contact with the actual thing, being able to physically hold it and think, ‘we’re not really permanent at all, but these bones are, they live a little bit longer than you’d originally expect.’
That’s your immortality and that’s what will outlive you, making that connection that these are the things we leave behind, so what can I leave behind other than my bones? I haven’t quite reached the stage where I look at a person and think about what their bones look like, so that’s a good sign.
When you have a creative block, how do you get past it?
I often sleep, it’s so lazy, but I sleep. I think, for me, if I feel overwhelmed, I can’t do anything. I just go completely blank; I don’t think sleeping is a bad way to deal with it. If you don’t want to think about something then why think about it? Why push yourself to the max, and pressure yourself to finish something off, when it’s not making you happy? I think, if you’re making a piece and you’re not feeling it, taking that large step back and coming back to it later, or even brewing on an idea. On many occasions, I’ve brewed on an idea for days and then thought, I should have done this or used the object in this way, rather than how I originally intended. And it’s only after allowing yourself that space that you can really consider other ideas.