I’m a performance and installation artist. My practice is mainly based around human interaction and my work has a lot of feminist undertones. I’m studying a bachelor of fine arts, honours at UNSW Art and Design.
How did you come to include feminist themes in your work?
I think was a really natural progression. My mother was the matriarch of our household and my mum and aunties were a massive influence in my life. Being strong women and activists in their community, it really inspired me. It started that conservation early on and then in art school, it just reinforced those beliefs that I already had. I was able to express my activism.
What are you currently working on?
I’m part of an exhibition called WAITLISTED – which showcases emerging artists. It’s open until 4th October. I have two pieces in the show – one is called pneumonia, which is all about human suffering in western culture and how it’s never acknowledged. People who suffer, their issues are so glazed over. I went into hospital recently and a lot of my close personal friends didn’t come to visit me. When I got out, it was as though I had just been on holidays or something. Nothing of what I was going through was ever brought up by them. That really informed the piece for me.
What’s coming up
I am in two upcoming exhibitions, both at Create or Die Gallery! One is called Fibre Fair, it’s a 4 day showcase and celebration of textiles. And the other is Show Me Someone Who Says It’s Easy – there will be over 12 current artists at different stages in their practice exhibiting. It’s all about what it means for them to be an artist within the context of this contemporary society.
What object did you bring to the portrait session?
I brought diet coke cans. why?! So at a young age I was diagnosed with diabetes and diet coke became my vice. Everyone has a vice. Mine is cans of diet coke. Forever I am always seen with a diet coke can, either in my hand-bag or on me. But weirdly enough I never ever drink the full can, so my house is littered with half drunk cans. I wanted it to be fun and represent something visual that people always associate with me.
What brought you to performance and installation art?
My previous degree was a bachelor of design majoring in photography, through that I started to turn the camera on myself and explore introspective issues. And I felt like design wasn’t for me and I wanted to explore art. I like the idea that a project is never finished, it has a continual process. Whereas design has a much more finalised point. Art is cheap therapy I suppose… well hmm maybe not!! *Laughs*
What things do you love working on the most?
Projects that come from personal observations of myself, but that come back to the community. That type of art is really beautiful and expresses so much.
What does Create or Die mean to you?
For me it’s not as black and white as you either create or you die. We can survive off food and water… and a little bit of love. To me it’s ‘follow your dream, follow you passion’ – that you would rather follow your dream, no matter if you are poor or rich or whatever situation you are in, than sit in a dead end job that you hate.
Success comes from happiness.
2/31 – Portrait series by Chrissie Hall as part of Show Me Someone Who Says It’s Easy – Exhibition opens 6pm Friday 30th October at Create or Die Gallery, 10 Mitchell Street Marrickville, Sydney.