“PARDON AND ENDURE”. Image courtesy of Josie Wadelton
Interview: Josie Wadelton
Luca Curci talks with artist Josie Wadelton during LIQUID CITIES | NYC exhibition in New York City on October 2015.
Josie Wadelton is an Italian-born artist working in Melbourne, Australia out of the creative artists hub “Artists Studio 106” in the heart of St Kilda. ‘The Worship” a short experimental film was created in collaboration with Melbourne filmmaker and fellow 106 artist Katrina Mathers. “The Worship” is Josie‘s first foray into working with moving image digital media. “The major focus in my practice is to express the inward significance of an art work. What is represented on the physical level has a cryptic hidden meaning; hence my interest In language, numbers and codes. Major influences have been Surrealism, Minimalism, and Abstract Expressionism. I derive inspiration from the language and structure of poetry, and scientific terminology. I have explored a variety of materials and techniques such as painting on canvas, collage, digital media, soft sculpture, photography and now film“.
“SNOWWHITE, DEATH AND THE ASTRONAUT”. Image courtesy of Josie Wadelton
Luca Curci – Can you talk about your personal experience in New York City? What did you think about the whole organization of the event, the artists’ selection, the communication management and opening nights?
Josie Wadelton – I was very impressed with the choice of such an innovative mobile form of showing video art, as opposed to a stationary architectural structure. One could relax in a comfortable moving environment characterised by free fluid movement from one street to another.
L. C. – What do you think about the collaboration between It’s LIQUID and XY Atelier Contemporary Art Gallery?
J. W. – From the online invitation it was obvious that there was intense team involvement and collaboration between “Its Liquid”and “XY Atelier Art Contemporary Gallery”. This collaboration has had an outcome which has led to the alliance of several international galleries, artworks and artists.
“ANTICIPATION”. Image courtesy of Josie Wadelton
L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in New York City? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?
J. W. – “The Worship” a collaborative video by Josie Wadelton and Katrina Mathers. It melded several socio-religious and cultural elements indicative of the human creative experience. The Ethiopian women praying and moving, as though driven by some sacred force are in a Greek Orthodox Christian church in the centre of Palermo Sicily. Their body language acts as a fluid connection between the architecture of the once Muslim church and its Medieval icons, mosaics, and sacred images. This short experimental video has now been exported from the Old World to the New World enriching and nurturing a new audience.
L. C. – What are you currently working on?
J. W. – I am currently developing and working on the theme of Transformation. I am creating various 2D artworks on canvas . These works will then be transformed by digital media into various forms and appearances. The shapes will be developed so that stationary forms will acquire motion in the style of Edward Muybridge.
Image courtesy of Josie Wadelton
L. C. – What is art for you?
J. W. – I was lucky enough to see “Gilbert and George” at a live interview at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia recently.
L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID organizations? Do you think they can represent an opportunity for artists?
J. W. – Being associated with ArtExpo has definitely been an advantage for me as my art video would probably be classified within the perimeter of “fringe”. I have found that by choosing my experimental art video ArtExpo has acted without any preconceived ideas or curatorial preferences.