Renowned for her passionate fusion of art and fashion in mixed media, and interweaving themes like femininity, sexuality, fantasy and luxury, Dina Broadhurst has taken the art and fashion worlds by storm. The Master & The Muse campaign features statement art from Dina, showering the imagery with metallic movement and warm light reminiscent of Klimt’s own artwork and the collection itself. We convinced Broadhurst to down tools for a few moments to share her story with us.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK AND STYLE TO SOMEONE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOUR ART?
"I would say my work is multilayered, built upon photographic montage and collage. My style is bold, drawing from realism, exploring the male and female, desire, beauty, protection and the juxtaposed faces that we present to the world and the layers that we conceal."
HOW DID YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR CURRENT SIGNATURE, WORKING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY AND COLLAGE ELEMENTS DIGITALLY? DID YOU START OUT IN ANOTHER DIRECTION ALTOGETHER?
"I started out in analogue collage but soon found it was necessary to digitally scan the materials I was working with. This allows me to manipulate elements and proportion to enhance the impact and message of each piece."
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION FOR BOTH YOUR WORK AND PERSONAL SELF?
"I find my inspiration through my own emotions and the experiences of those close to me; what people truly feel behind closed doors rather than their public face. Real hurt, real love, desire, lust, longing and pain. Through my work I get to delve into my own feelings and bring them out, helping me to learn and grow, discover myself as a woman, a mother, a lover, a partner, a teacher as well as a student."
CAN YOU TALK US THROUGH HOW YOU WORKED WITH SYLVE COLLESS' CAMPAIGN IMAGERY FOR THE MASTER & THE MUSE? WERE YOU INSPIRED BY GUSTAV KLIMT'S DECORATIVE STYLE AND USE OF GOLD AND METALLICS?
"It was an honour to work with Sylve's images which had such an understated old-world glamour and class with real ethereal movement. I took inspiration from Klimt's 'Golden Phase' works, gilded with gold leaf as well as drawing from the emotion and movement of his artwork 'The Kiss'. Photographing the gold and copper leaf in the sun and air gave it a sense of lightness and elevation when applied to the images. Relishing in texture and shine, it was then cut, folded and formed to enhance the body, the movements, and the strong elegance of the collection to tie it all together."
DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT AND CREATIVE SPACE.
"I work through all different rooms in an organised chaos. I'm always craving more space and a new clean desk as they quickly get covered and built sky high with a crescendo of paper piles and books. I have a dark space for editing and a filing system for everything. Little dolls, glitter, magazine pages, cut out shapes, coloured papers, textures, stones, crystals, paint, threads, eyes, lips, you name it I have a section for it! When I work, it's generally in silence as I find music distracting. I am always super casual and comfortable with bare feet and a plug in electric blanket over my legs in winter. This year I need to get into the habit of having water on the desk for when I'm locked down and literally don't move for hours."
WHO OR WHAT MOST INFLUENCES YOUR ART?
"The fashion industry and magazines as they are my strongest childhood memory and my most potent influence."
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS (ALIVE OR DEAD) AND WHY?
"Cindy Sherman for her creative solitude, Yayoi Kusama for her endless outpouring, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst for their creative and business genius and Richard Prince. I also love Jurgen Teller and Wolfgang Tillman's image making is beyond."
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2018?
"I'm looking forward to discovering new places in Italy, showing my work in Hong Kong and adding more painting and mixed media elements to my large-scale works. I would also love to finish a photo book of my work this year as well."