Category: Interviews

Feature Artist #8: Eloise Maree Crossman

Eloise Maree Crossman, like her images, is both soft and sharp. Often dressed in vintage cloths, and always with rosy cheeks, Eloise herself is somewhat of a dreamy figure of an era past yet our conversations are always filled with blatantly honest criticism and punctuated…

September/October Feature Artist: Kate Banazi

Kate Banazi’s¬†compositions¬†are oftentimes energetic: forms twisting; waves bending like audio signals; circles that look like they’ve been ricocheted around¬†the picture plane. Perhaps this energy comes from Kate herself, who is infectiously humorous and most¬†commonly found with a big smile on her face. I spoke¬†with¬†Kate in…

July/August Feature Artists: 110%

Aggressively optimistic, ¬†110%¬†is at your service. Consisting of three members – Kieran Bryant,¬†Beth Dillon and Lachlan Herd – the interdisciplinary¬†collective creates performative, sculptural and installation artworks that respond to the¬†triumphs and challenges of being a 21st century artist. In anticipation of their upcoming work¬†Holiday Feelings,…

December/January Feature Artist: Marty Cordoba

Layers of pastel pinks, gummy yellows, liquorice black and gleaming white make up Marty Cordoba’s most recent work¬†Skin and Strata.¬†The¬†sculptures appear as gooey mounds from afar but are in fact compressed structures¬†of confectionary and toothpaste, pressured¬†together like metamorphic rocks. The sculptures alert your senses; some…

October/November Feature Artist: Melinda Young

Sometimes cheeky, always thoughtful; the works of contemporary jewellery artist¬†Melinda Young¬†are a reflection of a lifelong affinity with creating. An organic extension of her approach to life at large, Melinda‚Äôs works consist of a balance between theoretical research and contemplation with bursts of wicked humour.…

September Feature Artist: Bee Bowen

Silk and wool are¬†Bee Bowen‘s blank canvas, flowers and leaves¬†her palette.¬†Whilst having learnt various dyeing¬†techniques¬†in India and Japan, it is Bee’s use of local, Australian flora that create the distinctive patterns and colours of her textiles. The leaves and flowers picked by Bee leave detailed…

August Feature Artist: Su-An Ng

Su-An Ng‚Äôs films are powerful in their refined style. But extensive ¬†sketches, research, planning, and hands-on experimentation are all part of¬†her artistic¬†process. Working with a combination of animation techniques including digital, hand drawn, stop motion and 3D animation, Su-An‚Äôs films have a tactile characteristic that…

July Feature Artist: Kieran Butler

Kieran Butler is an artist and fellow COFA honours student. Working within the field of¬†post-photography, Kieran is currently investigating¬†notions of vision by exploring the perception of¬†colour.¬†¬†Sculpture, installation, and video are also used in Kieran’s practice to create works that question the nature of the photographic…

Artwrite Issue 53

This semester I took a course about Writing for Art and Design, which culminated in the publishing of an issue of¬†Artwrite.¬†Artwrite¬†is a magazine that has been produced by COFA students since 1992, and focuses on the exploration, discussion and critique of art. I had the…

An Afternoon with Lucinda

¬† Let me introduce you to my dear friend, Lucinda. A graphic designer by day, a fashion devotee by night – I first met Lucinda when we were both contributing to¬†On the Streets of Sydney, and since then have come to appreciate her also as…

Liam

Liam Ambrose‘s artwork¬†Memory Box¬†(2011) was featured in the COFA Annual exhibition. See the video¬†here. What course are you graduating from?¬† I did a Bachelor of Fine Arts and and I’m actually doing painting and drawing – I wanted to try something else. What’s your artwork…

David

David is the chef at¬†Flying Squirrel Tapas Parlour in Bondi¬†– yum! If you could give one thing to everyone in the world, what would it be?¬†A laugh. What’s your favourite food?¬†At the moment, brown rice. Top three bands at the moment?¬†Queens of the Stone Age,…

Sophie Koh

Sophie Koh is back! And after hearing Lo-Fi, the first single from¬†Oh My Garden¬†(Koh’s first album since 2008 to be released in February next year), we hope she never leaves us for this long again! What inspires you?¬†Food, people, love and clothes, and art. Favourite…

Joshua Sofaer

Joshua Sofaer is an artist based in the UK, particularly acting as a curator, producer and director of many large scale projects and events which explore the ideas of collaboration, public participation, and that of the artist as a leader and leadership as change. Sofaer…

Claire Westover, 2 years on

What do you think of when you remember 2009?¬†I remember saying it was my last hard party before year 12 – didn’t happen Best book you’ve ever read and why?¬†The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. [It] just gave you a lot to think about. Favourite…

Marty Webster

FILM Vanessa Low MUSIC ‘Can I Borrow These Words’ by From Trees FILMED AT Tastevin SPECIAL THANKS to Gemma Flynn Marty Webster is the head chef of the French restaurant and wine bar Tastevin (which recently placed second for People’s Choice in Time Out Sydney’s…

Jen Bern

Fill in the blanks:¬†My name is¬†(Jennifer Bernstein), and I am an¬†(artist)¬†from¬†(Toronto, Canada). The first thing I think about in the morning is (usually yoga and meditation and starting the day off on a good note)¬†and the last thing I think about before I fall asleep…

Gunu

Best book you’ve read?¬†On the Road by Jack Kerouac Favourite food?¬†Toast with butter, cheese and honey If you were a serial killer, what would your trademark be?¬†I’d leave a musical note on their body When you close your eyes, what do you see?¬†Static Favourite place…

Eleni

How did you learn to make Baklava? As a child I absolutely adored baklava, I loved the texture of it and the flavour of it. I’ve tried everyone’s baklava from everywhere and I’ve tried to make it as authentic as possible. And that’s how I…

Craig Ilott

Craig Ilott is the director and co creator (with iOTA) of¬†Smoke & Mirrors, the acrobatic/musical/theatrical experience which recently featured at the Sydney Festival and is now showing in Melbourne before heading to New Zealand. He has received the Green Room Award for Best Director (2007…

Jen Inglis (the Style Crusader)

¬† Who inspires you? There isn’t one specific person. Everything around me at every moment is inspiration in one form or another… the kind of person I want to be, the way I want to live, my mindset, the way I dress, the way I…

Saga Sig

Once upon a time, a photographer moved form Iceland to London, where she began studying photography at the London College of Fashion. However, her talent could not be kept a secret for very long and now at the age of only 23, she has photographed…

Aimee & Veronica

What is the last thing you ate? Aimee: Herbal fried rice Veronica: Salty, salty popcorn that tasted like the dead sea If you could be reincarnated into any era, which one would it be? Aimee: 70s. Good Music & Style Veronica: I‚Äôd love to see…

Emma

Who inspires you most?¬†In this day and age, fellow bloggers (fashion, art, lifestyle bloggers and other). But otherwise old rock stars like John Lennon and Stevie Nicks. What is your all-time favourite food?¬†I love home baked dinners/roast. Also I love things with melted cheese but…