Walking into Ali Griffin's studio last week, I was gobsmacked!
You can really tell when an artist has tapped into their authentic creative juice. Chaos reigns, every surface is covered by a million new discoveries and the possibilities in each crevice in the room is completely unlimited. That's what I was witnessing as I walked.
I wasn't gobsmacked by this in itself, I'm quite accustomed and delighted by a seriously messy studio space, what I was taken aback by , was that this particular artist, who's work I had seen grow and change over the years, had transitioned beyond her identity as designer and conceptualist and into full flight as "immersive art-maker".
We got juicy with words last week, have a listen for some serious inspiration as we talk about art- making, recovery from PTSD and Ali's latest show "STILL" which opens at the Healesville Memo hall on July the 3rd 2015..
Listen along to the Ali Griffin interview here.
Snow domes by Ali Griffin
Photos by www.redfishbluefish.com.au
Photo by www.redfishbluefish.com.au
Still time - Ali Griffin 2015 . From forthcoming show at Memo hall.
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I seem to divide art makers into a few camps, a general thing I know, and how can something be defined so easily? What I mean is that there are art makers who want to make statements which are externally informed, for example political statements around injustice or gender issues, they have a concept and then say something about that visually. Then there are the ones who are delving internally , having a dialogue and an adventure with the beloved. That's the sort of art I make, Its a letting go , rather than a filling up of ideas.
It is chasing the beloved , dancing naked at his feet with brushes in hand.
It is excavating the wild divine, or an archeological dig , covered in muck and old debris, searching for rare artifacts to bring into the light of day and then presented to the world, look at this marvelous shape! It is both anthropological and collective.
It is an impetus and a compulsion to reveal.
I feel this is why so many artists dance between genius and so called madness, or at least are willing to walk a fine line.
One thing both camps have in common though is this, that art-making pushes ones own edge, and pushes past constructs and bounds. And in that place humans can be sovereign. In art , humans can be true sovereign beings, whether plumbing depths or scaling heights, or allowing the freedom of a point of view which comes from an embodied act.
Its late! I have art to make tomorrow.
ok beautiful art fans! This is my first blog post on here, and for today will make it brief. My intention with my new blog is to share, tips, inspirations, art tools , techniques and the jucy ju-ju that is a life filled with art, which gets us deeply in touch with our core, wild , creative essence, creating more aliveness in everyday life!. Vive la art!
Spirit life -oil on canvas
Ember is an avid passionista of art everythings. Not only that, but she is deeply committed to bringing awareness to the intrinsic value of art to our daily lives. Through the making of art, sharing of art and teaching "art as a transformative " tool online workshops and live encaustic workshops.