INTERVIEW : PAIGE WALLWORK | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: PAIGE WALLWORK

Interviews | December 31, 2021 |

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Image courtesy of Paige Wallwork

Interview: Paige Wallwork
Luca Curci talks with Paige Wallwork during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 202114TH EDITION, at Misericordia Archives.

Paige Wallwork is an Australian based artist and art therapist. The inspiration for her art begins with nature, however, the form and concept can evolve quite dramatically during the art making process. Her art practice is expressive and intuitive without a preconceived notion of what the final outcome will be. In this process, if she finds herself visualizing something more concrete, she might consciously take a drastic detour with opposing line work, contrasting media or incorporate a clashing colour choice. She enjoy the challenge of having a spontaneous artistic process and the associated pressure of trying to make unsystematic creative expressions into a cohesive artwork. She is fascinated by artist David Batchelor’s musings on ‘chromophobia’ or a “fear of corruption or contamination through colour, particularly in the western societal context. In the west, using multi colours in design and the arts can be seen as infantile, pathological and unsophisticated. This notion compels she to be even more experimental with colour.

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Image courtesy of Paige Wallwork

Luca Curci – Which subject are you working on?
Paige Wallwork –
Nature continues to be my inspiration and from there I deviate into a more abstract form. The imagery will undergo multiple layers of different processes during the creative absorption state.  The final product is an unknown entity under an abstract expressionist lens.

LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
PW –
I have always loved art and started my practice in the school years, from there I contemplated going into a fine arts degree but undertook a Bachelor of Nursing with the intention of pursuing some form of art training later. It was during a nursing placement in the prison system that I was initially exposed to art therapy and the benefits of this approach. I was drawn to the therapeutic potential of art making which could combine my interest in psychology and human behaviour with artistic processes, the use of materials and meaning making. I saw first hand the humanising nature of art that helped to challenge the idea of inmates being ‘all bad’ and aided in telling a deeper story of early life experiences and how it influenced the trajectory of their lives. From this experience I decided to become an art therapist, hence I completed a Master of Arts, majoring in painting whilst working in the mental health field part time. During this study I took courses in colour theory, methods, materials and abstraction which ultimately influenced my own practice. I went on to complete a Master of Art Therapy. As an Art Therapist, I worked in an Arts and Health Program with diverse client groups within a hospital setting.  I found that I was interested in the neurobiology of art making, creative flow, absorptive states, the use of art in meditative practices and mind body connectivity. Currently, I am combining a clinical nurse specialist role in the area of drug and alcohol addictions with a developing art practice. From my own art practice I understand that risk taking in art making can be translational to ordinary life, where life becomes more interesting when you challenge the status quo and venture down unexpected paths.

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Image courtesy of Paige Wallwork

LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
PW –
Artists are like any other group in society, diverse. Artists are varied in their practices, motivations and play different roles in society. Some artists for example like ‘outsider artists’ may give a voice to those perceived to be outside the mainstream , while some provide political commentary, others may engage the viewer in post colonial discourse, others choose to depict their own realities, provide satire and / or bring beauty into the world.


LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
PW –
Feedback can be a useful tool, and I usually enjoy hearing what others think about my work and what they perceive my work to be about. This approach gives me an insight into the viewer themselves and is useful in opening up a dialogue between us. I find that viewers are often looking for something concrete in an abstract work, which will makes me contemplate my own work from their perspective.
 
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
PW –
 It’s likely a combination of both reasoned and instinctive – reasoned around the theme of nature, but predominately instinctive and intuitive.

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Image courtesy of Paige Wallwork

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
PW –
I really connect with ITSLIQUID’s vision of art. Art is all about evolving, moving freely, connection and communication with others and has the ability to be accessible across cultures. The exhibition themes around mixing identities and future landscapes interests me as it exposes the hidden aspects of identity, delves into the body, mind and soul connection and places these concepts in our ever changing environment.
 
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
PW –
The artwork in the exhibition was part of a pre existing Cornucopia series.  Cornucopia can be seen as a symbol of abundance and I was exploring abundance in terms of colour, mixed media, emotion and nature.

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Image courtesy of Paige Wallwork

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
PW –
I consider ITSLIQUID to be an important platform for emerging and existing artists; providing exposure, networking opportunities and support throughout the whole exhibition process.
 
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
PW –
The ITSLIQUID group has been highly professional. This is my first experience exhibiting with the company and the exposure I have received internationally has been invaluable in developing my art career. I would definitely collaborate with ITSLIQUID in the future.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
PW –
The ITSLIQUID group promotes the distinct disciplines of contemporary art, architecture and design. ITSLIQUID maintains a high standard and dedication to each field while seamlessly communicating the shared creativity of these disciplines on an international level.

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Image courtesy of Paige Wallwork

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