What is your practice?
Performance artist and Makeup artist

How did you first start & why?

I’ve been a story-maker from the get-go; holding grand performances, discos and plays in the garages and lounge rooms of my parents and neighbours homes before the stages of Speigtents and festivals around the globe.

Mum couldn’t afford to nurture my “special talents” with training and classes, thus I was left to blossom on my own. I moved to Sydney at 17 and stumbled onto a unique group of likeminded weirdos and the Sydney underground . We hit the clubs all tarted up and just played together. Our games became spectacles, organic, chaotic and improvised. Eventually club promoters asked us to take to the stage and do a actual show – we even got paid!  

Around that time I also got a job as a stripper and eventually the two worlds combined into the type of work I do today; a hybrid burlesque, cabaret, comedy, strip art, sex clownery.

It was not a case of choosing my path, my path chose me. When I perform now I still feel like that young kid dancing around in the living room being an idiot.

I got into makeup as a backup, because I thought my performance work would fizzle as I got older… but low and behold my performances have just grown as I do, it’s really taken off bigger and brighter then ever, selling out shows and this year taking stage in every state of Australia.

Makeup though is like meditation for me, it’s so mellow compared to my performance work. It’s a nice balance.

What keeps you going?
Nature, love and  the joy I experience from them. My connection with the universe and this incredible planet we live on. What a magical place.

What are your creative outlets?

Life is creative and everything I touch I do with intent to make beautiful. My home, food, the garden, drawing, dressing up and my creative physical expression of my body then that trickles on to my “performance & makeup” work. My whole life I have made an expression of my creativity. I don’t fare well in constrained environments so have structured my work life in the creative arts. I am so lucky to live in a country that I can do this in and I am eternally grateful for this.

What Props did you bring to the shoot? Why?
When I was told to bring something that defines me as a person I cringed, as I don’t feel comfortable defining myself, I am fluid and change quite regularly. The idea of being defined for a moment in time made me very uncomfortable. I always get this feeling around interviews. But the more I thought of it I realised that colour has been the constant in my life, so I wanted to bring colour to the table.

Being nude with colour is me – raw, natural, psychedelic & colourful. Colour makes me happy and comfortable. My life-force depletes in grey industrialized settings. People are so scared of colour, I don’t know why? It’s like they are scared of beauty, joy and nature.

People come up to me and say that I have brightened up their day, that they love the colour but they say they couldn’t do it and are to scared to do it. This is really weird they love it but they fear it, but all the things we love are colourful, like flowers, rainbows, butterflies, sunsets and birds. Right now grey is so “on trend” everyone is painting their houses grey it screams boring!!! What a conspiracy to dull our minds. Society is once again in a deep conservative phase!!!! Bring back the colour, embrace it and spread it around.

What is the hardest thing about your practice?
Dealing with the constant sexism and art elitism that holds me back and attempts to keep me in my place. I have been refused gigs in theatres because I am a queer woman and therefore “too underground”  It was actually said to me “If you were a queer man it would translate and be more “mainstream.” Being a woman outsider artist over 35 year of age with no art degree, I find that I often fall between the cracks with funding and residencies. I am totally self sufficient with my creative practice, I am living the working class dream, totally self-made and everything I have accomplished I have done off my own back. It’s hard work, but I’ve got no choice if I want to keep my creative dialogue with society going.

What has been the most significant moment for you creatively so far?
It’s hard to pinpoint any specific moment, because I’ve been creating for such a long time. There have been ebbs and flows like the tides.

Major standouts though, are creating the first burlesque club in Australia called Gurlesque. Creating the Variety club Pretty Peepers Cabaret before the word “variety” became cool and taking it on the road, winning 2nd runner up @FRINGEWORLD Perth and winning the weekly cabaret award @ Adelaide fringe. This got me out of the ghetto and into the wider world. It challenged my comfort zone, as I was no longer preaching to the converted, it put me in front of a more mainstream audience.

Also being head makeup artist on the twice Logie award nominated SBS TV show “Move it Mob Style” and Winning best Makeup at the Independent Music Video Awards and last but not least creating my 1st one-woman show “Lets get METAphysical” which was Nominated best cabaret @ FRINGEWORLD.

My one-woman show was the most challenging and confronting experience as I was experimenting with different mediums in performance and pushing my creative and personal boundaries. It opened up a whole new world for me for where I can take my art.

What motivates you?
The hope of a new world consciousness, that we can all share our truths and inspire each other to heal through our art and stories. It’s time to exit the global amnesia. It’s up to us all to express our unique selves, bursting through the brainwashing to discover new ways of being & living.

Until this happens I am motivated by mirroring the dysfunction and my disgust in humanity, channelling that dis-ease into satire & humour.

If money were no object, what would you do?
Buy coastal bush land and grow an orchard and garden with heaps of food and animals. Be totally self-sufficient and off the grid with natural resources and energy. Set it up like a resort with all the creature comforts and art tools. From here think of what creations you could do?!

What are you currently working on / what’s coming up for you?

I have been touring my new one woman show The Glitta Supernova Experience “Let’s get METAphysical” around Australia this year, next gigs are Byron Bay 30th Dec, Melbourne 29th, 30th Jan, Sydney 19th 20th Feb & then I’m off on a New Zealand Tour Feb-March.

I’ve also got Glitta Supernova’s Parlour Bizarre as part of Village Bizarre Festival at The Rocks Friday nights during November & December. It’s an extreme pop up beauty parlour. Come on down to the creature parlour for your 10min makeover & walk away a superstar!

What does Create or Die mean to you?
Creativity, sexuality and spirituality are the same force. It’s like a big plate weaving through my very existence. These three things give me power and meaning, without them I feel like the river has run dry and my world becomes baron & pointless.  

When I am not creating, I ask myself is this a natural tidal lull or am I off path. If it’s tidal, then I try and do other outlets until I feel inspiration arise again, but when I’m off path it’s like a death to my creativity, it’s a good gauge to assess where I am at & usually great work comes when I return back from the underworld to my natural creative state again.  Life / death it’s all a natural cycle and an important part of creativity.


Chrissie Hall

Chrissie Hall

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