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Artist Profile Issue 44

Artist Profile is a leading quarterly journal taking its readers into the studios and minds of contemporary artists across Australasia and beyond. Industry professionals engage leading practitioners and emerging talent in conversations about their art, in their own words, while our exclusive photo shoots provide intimate access into artists’ personal and working lives. Readers gain knowledge of artists’ methods, preview works in progress and discover the life experiences that ignite artistic imaginations.

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THE ARTIST PROFILE TEAMPUBLISHERJohn Feitelsonjfeitelson@artistprofile.com.auEDITORKon Gouriotiskgouriotis@artistprofile.com.auART DIRECTORKim Gregorykgregory@artistprofile.com.auDEPUTY EDITORElli Walshewalsh@artistprofile.com.auPRINCIPAL WRITERJohn McDonaldjohnmcdonald@artistprofile.com.auINTERNATIONAL ARTS WRITERLucy Strangerlstranger@artistprofile.com.auSUB-EDITORJamie McIlwraithartistprofile@artistprofile.com.auNATIONAL ADVERTISING MANAGERJill Trocheijtrochei@artistprofile.com.auCONTRIBUTORSBRIDGET MACLEOD is an arts writer and curator based on the South Coast of NSWLOUISE MARTIN-CHEW is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland; louisemartinchew.comDR ASHLEY CRAWFORD is a Melbourne-based arts journalist; cargocollective.com/ashleycrawfordLOUELLA HAYES is a Perth-based arts writerKIM GUTHRIE is a photographer based in the Sunshine Coast, Qld; kimguthrieaustralia.comGISELLE STANBOROUGH is an artist and writer based in Sydney; gisellestanborough.comDR JUDITH PUGH is a regional NSW based arts and cultural writerJELLE VAN DEN BERG is an artist based in regional New South WalesDAVID ROWE is a cartoonist with the Australian Financial Review, based in SydneyDR SASHA GRISHIN works internationally as an art historian, art critic and curator, based in CanberraH. R.…

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editor's note

01 Fiona Hall in her Hobart studio, photograph Lisa GiptonThe response to Artist Profile over time has shown that getting behind artists and their art matters to you as it does to us. To ensure we’re evolving with you and the ever changing artistic landscape of Australasia, the magazine has embarked on some exciting changes.After ten years with nextmedia, Artist Profile has changed hands. John Feitelson and I have bought the magazine. A migrant to Australia and a property identity with interest in the creative arts, John brings a new entrepreneurial spirit to the project. As the publisher of Artist Profile, John is committed with me to expanding its DNA.Joining the editorial team as our principal writer is prominent art critic John McDonald. John will develop our critical writing on…

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the tarnished prizes

NO NATION ON EARTH CAN MATCH AUSTRALIA’S enduring love of art prizes. It reflects our obsession with sport (which is something we can do as well as anybody), allied with the perennial Cultural Cringe (the sense that we suffer from a lack of Old Masters and ruined temples).The Cringe was named by A.A. Phillips in 1950 but it has been around since the early days of colonisation. The first concerted rebuttal arrived with P.R. Stephensen’s polemic, The Foundations of Culture in Australia (1936), which made a forceful case for the value of Aboriginal culture and landscape painting.This provided only limited reassurance for a country that liked to think of itself as a bastion of western civilisation, albeit on the wrong side of the planet. There remained the lingering fear that…

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oscar perry

When we visited Oscar Perry at his studio in a large warehouse complex in Brunswick, he was working on a new series of paintings to show at the Melbourne Art Fair in August. The studio itself is in a state of productive chaos, with unfinished paintings stacked against the walls and paint paraphernalia spread around. Oscar tells me that ‘people are shocked when they come into the studio, like it’s a crime scene or an episode of Hoarders’. Our conversation is rather like his creative process: long, meandering, a bit messy and full of tangents, obscure facts, and interesting stories.OSCAR, YOU TRAINED AS A PAINTER, AND FORMALLY your paintings seem to stem from a modernist, abstract expressionist lineage. What is your relationship to the traditions of modernist painting?Yeah, that stuff…

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ceara metlikovec

02 Ceara Metlikovec, 2018, photograph Christopher OwenThe recent winner of the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Ceara Metlikovec creates seemingly minimalist drawings often inspired by very un-minimalist music, such as Radiohead. And if she doesn’t like the outcome, she burns it.03 Indigo 5, January 2018, 2018, graphite on Fabriano, 140 x 94.5 cmIf I could play music then create a drawing, I could transcribe the energy I was feeling.THE DRAWINGS FROM YOUR ONGOING INDIGO SERIES often assume a minimalist aesthetic. Are you leaving it up to the viewer to decide what they mean, or is there a fixed idea behind the works?For me, the idea was to create an opportunity for seeing something other than things from the everyday. I’m trying to curate what I’m producing so that it gives…

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fiona hall

01 Forest Floor (detail), work in progress, August 2018, glass bottles and oil paint, dimensions variableArtist Profile visited Fiona Hall in Hobart as she was preparing a new work for the inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale later this year. Known for her multi-media installations featuring a variety of hand-honed materials, the artist is focusing her energies on the fraught subject of war, and how it has always been a part of the human condition.FIONA HALL IS STANDING IN A STUDIO FULL OF broken bottles that open out into a winter garden. The earth is stubbled with dormant bulbs and the water beyond looks cold. Her materials within this space are ordinary yet menacing. Shards of green and sepia glass have been painted with chalky oil paint to outline the shattered bones…