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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 AP TEAM EDITOR Owen Craven ocraven@nextmedia.com.au ART DIRECTOR Vincent Rommelaere vrommelaere@nextmedia.com.au EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Lucy Stranger artistprofile@nextmedia.com.au SUB-EDITOR Jamie McIlwraith CONTRIBUTORS CAMILLE LIU NOCK is a freelance writer based in Sydney. She is a graduate of Art History and Theory from the University of Melbourne. ELIZABETH FORTESCUE is a visual arts writer for the Daily Telegraph, Sydney; Australian correspondent for The Art Newspaper; and founder and author of www.artwriter.com.au JANE SOMMERVILLE is a freelance arts writer and editor based in Sydney. JOE FROST is a painter, arts writer and lecturer at The National Art School, Sydney. He is represented by the Watters Gallery, Sydney. www.joefrost.com.au TOM CARMENT Tom Carment is a Sydney-based artist and writer. His latest book is Seven Walks – Cape Leeuwin to Bundeena. LUCY STRANGER is a Sydney-based arts writer and Art History student at the University of Sydney. She is Editorial Coordinator for Artist Profile magazine. DANIEL SHIPP photographed this issue’s cover…

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editor’s note

OUR COVER FEATURE for this issue is Sophie Cape. A professional athlete – competing in downhill skiing before transferring to sprint-race cycling – she was forced into an early retirement weeks before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This created a juncture in Cape’s life that saw her invest herself fully into a lifelong passion for art and painting. She enrolled at the National Art School, Sydney and there began the evolution of her practice to what we know and see today. My interview with Cape discusses the physical and emotional connection to her art making and how her past informs her deeply personal, reflective and energetic work. Also in the issue, we feature the transcript of recent conversations between Elizabeth Fortescue and celebrated Australian artist Colin Lanceley, who sadly passed away during…

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art month sydney

6–29 March, 2015 Art Month returns this March, inviting you to meander through its galleries and into the flux and flurry of Sydney’s art conversations. Under the artistic directorship of curator Glenn Barkley, 2015 brings a new and exciting program with a passion for connecting and collaborating with living artists to the theme ‘Where Art Happens’. This direct and to the point mantra sets the scene for an illuminating month, with Sydney-based artists and their respective galleries taking centrestage. “The relationship between artists, their creative processes and the galleries that support them is the focus for this year’s festival, and over 100 galleries will participate in a wide variety of ways that will allow artists and their stories to really come to life,” says Barkley. A highlight of Art Month is its annual exhibition, Collector’s…

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blut + boden gunter christmann

IN HIS FINAL days in 2013, the late Darlinghurst artist Gunter Christmann achieved artistic resolution with the aid of his friend and fellow artist Gary Deirmendjian. Recently, just a year since Gunter’s passing, Gary paid homage to this final work, with a site and date specific installation at the National Art School, the central hub of Gunter’s existence in Darlinghurst. After being diagnosed with lung cancer in July, 2013 Gunter’s practice began to explore the graphic symptoms of his sickness. Observing the unique blood patterns that he coughed up into his serviettes, his interest lay in their dynamic variations of colour density and dilution. Frustrated by the inability to represent these by pictorial means, conversation between the two artists led to the mutual conclusion of the importance of the notions of…

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signs for the times

SINCE THE VIOLENT terror attacks that rocked the globe in Sydney and Paris, the public sphere has been filled with images in response to the trauma of the shootings. this mass proliferation of signs and symbols revealed the power of images to speak for public opinion when words are at a loss. Seeing images of thousands of flowers laid in memorial of the Sydney siege at Martin Place, and ‘Je Suis charlie’ slogans covering Paris in response to the shootings at the satirical magazine’s offices, there is no denying the symbolic weight of the visual image. after all it was a cartoon that inflamed the extremist violence in Paris. How did a cartoon prove to be so provocative? It unleashed both a violent outburst by Muslim extremists and yet mobilised an international…

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justin williams

While emerging artist Justin Williams considers himself to be an outsider of sorts, he gives reason to celebrate life on the outside. Growing up in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria, Williams was exposed to the fascinating lives and stories of those who subsist on the periphery of society. His subject matter in turn appreciates the curiosities of mystifying cults and phantom panthers. These stories imbue the surfaces of his smoky ink faces on paper, his pellucid figures on canvas or his dappled stoneware ceramic sculptures. Furthermore, Williams strives to venerate the wonder of imperfection and explore an array of varied styles. With this, and his partnership with Anna Pappas Gallery in Melbourne, Williams is establishing himself as a young and exciting Australian artist to look out for. Can you tell me…