This Wild Song (TWS) celebrates Australian female identifying artists through portraits, interviews, exhibitions and events. This podcast is a series of honest conversations with TWS artists about art, business and life. We address the practicalities and realities of being a professional artist, and the ‘business’ of art. Designed as a resource for artists, we answer your questions such as how do you support your arts practice financially? How important is an arts education? How do you structure your days? Plus we also discuss representation, self promotion, motherhood, self care and share advice for emerging artists. Melbourne artist Ilona Nelson created TWS to support female artists and address gender equality in the arts in a positive way. Although the featured artists are at different stages of their arts career, from varying backgrounds, and use a diverse range of mediums; they are unified by their unique voices and distinct style. The inclusion of so many artistic mediums in TWS offers a broad synopsis of contemporary Australian art. To learn more about This Wild Song please go to www.thiswildsong.com.au and follow us on instagram at @thiswildsong.
Freya Jobbins doesn’t give up
Freya Jobbins is a Sydney based contemporary artist working with assemblage, collage, installation and printmaking. Better known for her plastic assemblages created from deconstructed dolls and plastic children’s toys, Freya also creates larger site specific installations and sculptures.
Art has always been a part of Freya but it wasn’t until recently that she went to art school in her early 50’s. Prior to this she was a police woman and became the first female weapons instructor.
Charlotte Watson relays the unspeakable
Christchurch majoring in sculpture and we discuss how this has informed her drawing, which is now Charlotte’s main medium. In this episode we discuss social media and privacy, how important reading is to her practice - particularly ‘The Sick Bag Song’ by Nick Cave, and how we need to also address the economy when working towards gender equality in the arts.
Big themes and discipline with Kirstin Berg
Kirstin Berg creates immersive environments by combining and manipulating unconventional materials such as fire ash, bush debris and hard rubbish into sculptures and wall works. Her work revolves around her concern for environmental and human crisis and the redemption found in transforming our losses. In this episode we discuss the value of structure and protecting your studio time to help your productivity. Plus the importance of support networks, self criticism, self care and setting your own pace.
From art to architecture and back again with Michelle Hamer
Michelle Hamer maps contemporary social beliefs, ideals, fears and aspirations through text and urban environments. Her hand stitched and drawn works capture in-between moments that characterise everyday life and are based on photographs she’s taken and found text.
Megan Evans on finding her culture through art
Megan Evans has been practicing since the 1980’s and started out as a woodwork teacher but never taught a class. She fell into becoming a community artist and became known for her large public murals. Her work has now developed into a multi disciplinary practice working with photography, sculpture, film and textiles. In this episode we discuss colonisation and Megan’s search for her culture, including how she got shingles along the way.
Wanda Gillespie and living between worlds
Wanda is a New Zealand artist and was based in Melbourne until she returned to Auckland three years ago. We discuss the differences between the two cities and how she’s rebuilding her community. We also chat about how Wanda has funded her practice with grants and what she’s learned about writing grant applications over the years, how she fits in studio time around the kids, and the process of wood carving.