Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Chatting to Pre-Fab artist Jasmin Coleman...

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Installation view of Jasmin's work at Pre-Fab.

Tell us about yourself! Where are you from?
I am an emerging artist currently based on the Sunshine Coast in QLD.

How would you describe your work?
My hybrid practice shifts between painting, sculpture and most recently large scale site responsive installations.  The artworks I am exhibiting in PRE-FAB,  Concrete Painting (2005) and Framework (2009) both emphasise materiality but in very different ways as there was a six year gap between their making.  Both works do however mark my continued interest in employing plainspoken industrial materials and refashioning them so that material and structural integrity is highlighted. This aspect of my practice has continued to be a key focus however, more recent works (most notably Stabiliser's 2011) are much more ambitious in scale, site responsive and also geared to encourage active audience participation and reflection.

What materials do you work in?
To date, I have primarily worked with concrete, metal scaffolding tubes and couplers, perspex, hardwood timber and acrylic paint on canvas. I am presently working with fabricators to realise a very elegant freestanding installation, which will consist of multiple highly polished aluminum objects.

Tell us why/how your work fits in to the Pre-Fab idea?
I generally work with industrial building materials, which include those, that are prefabricated (i.e. scaffold tubing and couplers) I am attracted to their innate strength and function as tools used to transform. Construction or notions of the built are also central to my practice. I try to avoid modifying any materials so that structural integrity isn’t compromised. My artworks are therefore informed by both the object /materials limitations and potential.

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One of the elements from Jasmin's Framework Series

What achievement are you most proud of to date?
In the earlier part of this year I toured my Stabiliser's installation nationally and I was pleased to be able to realise what was a very ambitious and logistically challenging project. Most importantly though the project success was due in most part to numerous individuals and businesses who graciously offered their time and financial support. During this time I also realised the value of effective project management, communication, collaborating with artists and forming partnerships with trade businesses.

What's your work practice like? Do you work in a studio/home? What gets you in the mood to create?
Generally a concept for a new artwork will be prompted by the discovery of a new object or material. I tend to bank ideas and if they stay with me long enough they I start a process of rigorously aligning concept and form. By this stage obsession has well and truly set in and everything around me gets messy. I don’t have a studio at present so most rooms inside the house are affected.

Is there a soundtrack to your creativity? Do you have music or silence?
I do find that walking for a very long time whilst listening to music is very useful activity for sifting through ideas. But I also spend a lot of time in silence deliberating over ideas.

What do you think people will take away with them from seeing your work?
How we experience and respond to art (or anything for that matter) is an individual experience so I wouldn’t like to forecast audience responses. Although, it would be nice if concrete’s appeal were to be reevaluated.

Where do you want to be in 10 years time? What's your dream?!
Ten years is too far away for me gauge but I would hope that I would have travelled extensively and that I would have developed passions outside of my creative practice.

You can see more of Jasmin's work via her website

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