INTERVIEW BY KNOCK KNOCK
Knock Knock magazine profiles street level emerging and established Australian and international creatives doing their thing, and doing it well. The magazine is free and available to read online here. The following interview has been taken from issue one, released 6th November, 2011.
How would you describe your artistic practice?
I paint little pictographic figures and animals, breathing life into their small world.
What motivates you to produce your work?
There has always been an inherent passion for creative expression in me and it manifests itself through street art, stencil work, film, photography and animation. I’m not out with the intention of ‘changing the world’ and I believe if I’m going to spend my time working on something, it should be positive, that it should be uplifting.
It’s about creating a feedback loop that will make me a happier person than I am now, so I suppose in that sense, I am driven by a certain element of catharsis. As a very fortunate (and large) side effect, those that come across my work are welcomed into the world I create too.
First and foremost, I create for myself and I believe any artist seeking sincerity should do the same for themselves.
How long have you been producing work and how did you get started?
I first got into stenciling in 2003 but it wasn’t for another three years (out of intimidation and out of the desire to do something different) that I got my first piece up on the street.
I didn’t immediately land into the style that I’m known for these days, although the motif of cats and dogs have been there since the start. Once I started to integrate pictograms and symbols into my work, that theme was soon translated into what you see today.