E Farrell Huntley Florida – Red Earth
What’s your favourite aspect of being an artist?
I feel moved to create. Most of my creations are inspired by natural events. Research and conversation is a big part of my process. One of my favourite aspects of being an artist is meeting people. I love to learn how communities respond to natural events/disasters; What it takes to rebuild and the issues that need to be addressed first. Being able to maintain consistent growth and engagement is a high point of my process.
Do you have a favourite material you like to work with?
For me each project is a response to a natural event. The material often changes depending on what I am responding to. The human body is always at the heart of the forms that come to be. I am usually constructing a dialogue between natural & man made materials in relationship to the human body within context to the earth.
Would you rather share an Uber with Barbara Hepworth or Cornelia Parker or Antony Gormley?
If you could meet any artist (from the past or present) who would it be?
Louise Bourgeois or Judy Chicago.
What are you most excited for about SWELL?
I am excited to experience SWELL, to see and engage with all of the works, artists and public.
Are you most productive on a beautiful sunny day or rainy gloomy day?
It depends, but I’ll go with gloomy day.
What tool could you not live without?
What did you love the most about creating your artworks?
I am a processed based artist. I usually am led by a vision. As I make I learn what I am making. It’s like having a dialogue with your subconscious and conscious mind. I live for the discovery.
Is there a theme or trend in the messaging of your artworks?
Yes my work is about the earth. I often draw parallels between our human bodies and the earth body. My practice stems from the belief that we are all bound by our bodies to the earth.
How many SWELL Sculpture Festivals have you been too?
This will be my very first.
What drew you to applying for SWELL?
Support and encouragement from friends.
Was the location of SWELL a contributing factor towards the inspiration of your piece?
Yes, a thousand percent yes.
Shelby Nelson is confident but still growing as a university student. Studying Public Relations and Business she has found a strong passion for all things events, especially when it comes to the arts industry. Growing up on the Gold Coast she lives and breathes the beachside lifestyle and aims to help showcase people with amazing talents, giving the community not only a chance to appreciate them but have an amazing experience whilst doing so.
Follow her on Instagram @shelbynelson1