For her exhibition “Intimate Vestiges” Australian based artist Fiona Roberts explores the subjective nature of home through a variety of body textures incorporated into household furnishing. Eyes, mouth, hands and other body parts can be found as patterns on chairs, curtains, carpets and other pieces installed throughout the bedroom, blurring the boundaries between home and body. For more, check out the interview below.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I don’t look like the things I make. (Thankfully)
Whom do you look up to?
I look up to so many people! Some of the contemporary artists from Asia are exceptional. Closer to home I look up to my peers and some of my university lecturers including Julia Robinson, Sera Waters and Roy Ananda.
How did your art career start? What made you want to become an artist?
I grew up in a household of creative people so it was inevitable that I would go down this path. My mum is an amazing painter, my dad is a mathematician (yes, that is very creative) and my sister is a designer/artist.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
Life as an artist is generally one big challenge. An every day challenge for me is dealing with the common misconceptions and stereotypes about art and artists.
Do you have a favorite quote that describes what you truly believe in? What`s your personal motto?
I don’t live by any quotes but I really like this one by Oscar Wilde – “I can resist anything but temptation”
How do you define creativity?
That is really difficult. Perhaps a combination of things: quirkiness, perceptiveness, a different way of viewing every-day things and of course technical skills.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell them?
Having technical skills is not enough. You have to have something to say or there is no point in making it.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
It is possible to succeed in art, although you’ll work harder than anyone else in any other industry.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
If you asked me while working to a deadline for an exhibition I would say I would give it up for anything. But other times, like right now, I would say no way – there is no life without art.