Profession: Art writer and editor
Origin: UK
City: London
Education: MA Art History, Birkbeck, University of London (2013);

 

Why do you do what you do? I love art and I love writing. My personality tends towards analysing everything I possibly can, but, looking at art, I try not to analyse, rather to feel and to express my responses, as well as to understand and present the artist’s intention. I also love meeting people from all walks of life, so interviewing is a joy and privilege.

Could you describe your style and how it developed? My style, if I have one, is probably one of inquisitiveness. I always try to understand intentions and contexts and possible layers of meaning. I am not naturally opinionated. I seek to present others opinions and to open something up for the audience to go and explore for themselves.

Where do you get inspiration from? All around me. The art that I see, the people that I meet, the stories I hear, the words I read, nature, the city, books and films.

What is the best part about working within the creative industries? Getting to do and see the things I would want to do and see for pleasure anyhow, but being able to call it work and get paid for it.

What do you wish you knew about your business before you got started? How tough it would be to make a living and how it would take over completely and become 24/7.

Has your style develop/change over the time being active? If yes, how? I have learned to develop and express a little more of my own opinion. I am still reluctant, but it seems others are encouraging me and want to hear my thoughts. I could never become a critic who tears apart a show for the hell of it, though. Everything must have at least intended merits!

Who would you like to work with? I’d love to work regularly with a national newspaper. I’d love to keep meeting inspiring artists. Tracey Emin is a longstanding favourite, so maybe an interview with her – although I think I’d be intimidated!

What is your idea of success? Being healthy, content and able to support myself.

Is there a message that you are trying to portray through your work? Not really. I am just trying to get others to look and open their minds and enjoy what they see.

Do you believe it is important to raise artistic awareness in your country? Absolutely. So many people these days think going to art galleries is something elite that you need to have a knowledge and training to be able to enjoy. If anything, knowledge hinders your ability to really experience and enjoy a good work of art or exhibition.

In your opinion, how important is it to culturally educate through art? I think education through art can work on many levels. I interviewed an amazing bioartist whose artworks teach a lot about the human genome and microbiome. I also work with various LGBTQI arts organisations who teach about gender and inclusivity through art. Then there is art as therapy. Basically, art is an extremely important means of expression and communication – with others and with the self. Art education ought to be made a key part of every curriculum.

 

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