Monday, April 7, 2014

In Conversation with Janice Gobey...



With only a week left to check out Fixation, we thought we would share a little bit about artist Janice Gobey and her works in the show.  The 'fur' suit has intrigued many of our visitors...


TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF! WHERE ARE YOU FROM? 
I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and have lived in Melbourne since 2001.



HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK? WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU WORK IN?
My work is mainly oil painting, installation and on occasion text based.  I am slightly obsessed with drapery and fur and use this as a metaphor for describing abstract concepts.  I’m currently interested in trauma and how the un-representable can be represented in painting. I’ve also developed an interest in the figure.


WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO WORK IN THE MEDIUM THAT YOU DO?
Paint has been a life-long love affair for me – once it grabs you, nothing else will suffice.  I can remember as a child going to the local newsagent and smelling the Crayola crayons, dreaming of the day I could get the 100 colour box – recently purchased!  There’s something about the smell of oil paint, the ability to mix up colours, how they work together on the support – something that I can only describe as magical.  The actual act of painting is something I feel compelled to do – it balances out my universe and somehow makes everything okay.


WHAT ACHIEVEMENT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF TO DATE?
I am generally quite happy with the direction my work is moving in – I am of the belief that hard work pays off and I’ve certainly dedicated myself to my practice.  I think I am proud of new things each year – so this year it would be the selection of my work for 3 public gallery exhibitions and being invited to speak on my work at an international conference on Trauma in Copenhagen.


IF YOU COULD COLLABORATE WITH ANOTHER ARTIST, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? WHO INSPIRES YOU?
For ideas, I would have to say Sophie Calle –she’s always been one of my favourite artists, I like the personal nature of the work and how she really puts herself out there.  Another newer artist I find fascinating is Chiaru Shiota – her work really speaks to me.



WHAT'S YOUR WORK PRACTICE LIKE? DO YOU WORK IN A STUDIO/HOME? WHAT GETS YOU IN THE MOOD TO CREATE?
I have a studio out of the home – the paintings have just become too large to work from home and I get distracted by piles of washing etc.  I like to get into the studio – put on my apron, make a cup of tea and then get stuck in – I’m disciplined about working and am lucky to have more ideas than time – so it’s more about deciding what to work on than looking for inspiration. 



IS THERE A SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR CREATIVITY? DO YOU HAVE MUSIC OR SILENCE?
I like music through earphones – external noise in the studios is a pet peeve!  Sound track is usually a mix of alternative or classical music, some good old rock n roll, – enjoying Spotify at the moment.



WHAT DO YOU THINK PEOPLE WILL TAKE AWAY WITH THEM FROM SEEING YOUR WORKS
I am hoping that my work connects with people on a non-verbal level – I attempt to take people away from their usual space and into my crazy world.  I’d like them to feel the work more than view it in a logical, rational way.



WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 10 YEARS TIME? WHAT'S YOUR DREAM?
Wow – what a question – living the dream as in being able to make work 24/7 and not worry about paying the bills.  Lots of travel to places that inspire me, spending time overseas working on projects / in residencies.  I’d love my work to contribute to making social changes, focusing attention on aspects of society that need change, well recognised as an artist and invited to participate in amazing shows!


2 comments:

Myles Shannon said...

I hope the fur suit is an "anti fur" statement...

Gallery Curator said...

Hi Myles, most definitely! The fur in the suit is all vintage and reclaimed. It would of been discarded if it hadn't been used in this artwork. There is an accompanying book that people can write their feelings and responses to the suit. I think this has been a wonderful way to get people to think about what they wear.

Thanks for your comment! Mardi - Senior Curator