Where do you live/work? Where is your studio?
I have been living in Gladstone for almost 4 years. A considerable amount of my time is spent at The Potters Place workshop, which I’m proudly a member since making Gladstone my home. I work mostly at home and share a studio with my husband Licinio. He does aeroplane modelling. We like to share ideas and assist each other. Any place in the house can be a possible creative working place, such as our kitchen table. At the moment only a quarter of it is being used for lunch and dinner due to my drawing projects, sewing materials and fabrics which occupy most of it. I believe a lot of people can relate to this. Kitchen tables are multifunctional.
What have you entered in this year’s Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards?
I submitted a couple of works, both with a strong message. One made of fabric, feminist-inspired with an artist statement attached. I recommend people read it if they are visiting the exhibition.
Tell us a little about it:
I would like to talk about the second artwork, the message of it is attached to a recent event of big importance happening in Australia; the survey for same-sex marriage. I cannot vote because I’m not yet an Australian citizen so I made these 2 ceramic pieces, a plate and a vase entitled ‘’Love is love’’. It’s important to accentuate that art can be used as a refined tool of liberation.
What inspires you to create art?
As a child, inspiration would come as a matter of pure existence, for the reason of just doing it, an impulse. Later in life, I started to understand it was a way of releasing different energies through a process which I could relate to others. So many things to be inspired about, but most are the hidden things that inspire me more; things that no one else will notice. It is an endless source. Other artists are a source of inspiration too. Gladstone has a lot of talented creatives.
Why do you think Art Awards like the Martin Hanson are important?
This event gives an opportunity to artists to exhibit their works on a big scale and an audience to interact with. The museum gallery can also function as space of social communication. There is a mutual support between artists, art institutions and a community.
That’s what I like to call cultural symbiosis.