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Artist Profile

Artist Profile Issue 51

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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1 min.

Stories and Photos SASKIA BEUDEL is an essayist, novelist and nonfiction writer LAURA COUTTIE is a Melbourne-based writer, editor, curator and arts manager JEREMY ECCLES is a Sydney-based arts writer SEBASTIAN GOLDSPINK is the Creative Producer at the National Art School and the founder of ALASKA Projects SASHA GRISHIN works internationally as an art historian, art critic and curator, based in Canberra CLARE HODGINS is a Maitland-based photographer; clarehodgins.com NIKITA HOLCOMBE is an arts writer and curator based in Sydney LEE-ANN JOY is a Melbourne-based emerging writer COURTNEY KIDD is a Sydney-based art writer, and art consultant with Artbank BRIDGET MACLEOD is an arts writer and curator based on the South Coast of NSW DR LOUISE MARTINCHEW is a Brisbane-based freelance writer MIA MALA MCDONALD is a photographer based in Melbourne; miamalamcdonald.com PAUL MCGILLICK is a Sydney-based writer and editor PIPPA MOTT is a…

2 min.
editor’s note

Integrated action to stop the COVID-19 pandemic has been completely necessary to guide Australasians to avoid the catastrophic spread and deaths recorded in other regions of the world. However, we should be cautious of returning to old systems with their propensity to turn partial truths into absolutes; and to the entirety of ideas to which they have become so closed and fixed. Governments seem to be learning that placing citizens first is paramount to the long-term health of a country’s economy and culture. This refocused spirit could revitalise a decimated visual arts sector that was already on the brink of breakdown before COVID-19. Unavoidably, throughout this fifty-first issue of Artist Profile – which celebrates on the cover the revered painter Prudence Flint – there are many stories tracing the impact of COVID-19…

6 min.
setting a course art museums and covid-19

The arts are a weathervane, they spin in the gusts of a robust financial climate and are the first to stall in the economic doldrums. When money is tight, the first funding curtailed is that allocated to the arts and entertainment, and consequently, the reaction to COVID-19 has been abrupt. Many events, festivals, concerts, and performances were cancelled and theatres, venues, and galleries closed. As roughly two-thirds of the country’s artists and artworkers are employed as casuals or sole traders, the impact on their fragile incomes was severe and immediate. The newly established website ‘I lost my gig’ reported on 7 April that lost income had reached $330 million and impacted the lives of over 600,000 artists and artworkers. We know from previous experience of wars, global financial crises, and…

5 min.
story anonymous

The public display of empathy has become common procedure for the celebrated artists of this country. They are not shy in declaring their concern, as you can hear in the words of this artist who was surveyed in a major exhibition last year. Her work has been described as ‘an exquisite warning bell for extinction.’ All my life I’ve been very empathetic with other species. I have incredibly vivid memories of always being very caring of things in nature, of plants and other animals. Last year her work was surveyed at a major art museum. And who might this 'artist and human rights activist' be? Somehow, (my parents) taught me, by about eight or ten, to have a very deep sense of empathy, which I do think you’re taught. It’s a blessing and…

7 min.
al poulet no ruules

How do you picture your childhood? A lot of freedom. I was allowed to do what I wanted most of the time. Plenty of painting in dad’s studio and bike riding through Marrickville. It was a happy time with my brothers and sister. I was always playing. When did you come to Roy Jackson’s studio in Wedderburn? About two years ago through an application process. All the members liked my paintings and thought I’d fit in well. Why did you change your name from Alexander to Al? I changed my name when I was five, because mum and dad used to call me Ali. I just said one day that my name was Al, and it was Al from then on. I was named by my dad. It’s a Russian family name passed on through generations.…

6 min.
toby cedar island stories

Toby you grew up in Western Australia. How did you stay connected to Torres Strait Islander culture when you were living on the other side of the continent? When the pearling industry died down my father’s family moved from the Torres Strait to the mainland. In about 1960 my father went to school in Townsville. After that he worked in the railways around Queensland and then the railway took him to Western Australia (like many other Torres Strait Islanders). I grew up with a community of Islanders that maintained strong culture and traditional ways. We gathered every weekend and learnt dancing, hunting and protocols. What stimulated your art career? I knew my culture from our community in Dampier. Then one day Anthony Mundine was fighting and after he won he produced two flags:…