IN CONVERSATION WITH VISUAL ARTIST
Things we love about Visual Artist Caroline Walls: the way she celebrates the female form,
the fluidity of the silhouettes she paints, and the expression of feminine beauty and restraint
in both form and the colour palette she favours. Based in Melbourne, Caroline works in multiple mediums: painting, drawing, sculpture, and print making. We met the former Art Director and Designer
ahead of her second solo show next month in Sydney.
WHERE DID THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS NEW SHOW ORIGINATE?
“The female form has always played an integral part in my artistic practice and these works are a continuation of this study; the notion of the female and all that this can carry with it — strength, sexuality, fragility, sensuality, fertility, burden and beauty. This body of large-scale paintings on canvas look at the female silhouette, reducing the form to its most essential in order to heighten its expressive power. I’m interested in the differences between the private and the public self and Maybe She is a play on this.”
WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO WHILE YOU WORK?
“Currently it’s Perfume Genius, Arthur Russell and PJ Harvey on high rotation.”
DO YOU HAVE A MUSE?
“I’m interested in womanhood as a whole and what this can mean from day to day or from woman to woman. We are anything but static so I’m deeply curious about the way everyday human experiences can shape us and how we evolve and change as we grow and our life experiences expand and shift.”
YOU PAINT, YOU DRAW, YOU SCULPT...WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE MEDIUM?
“My interest in working across multiple mediums allows me to explore the same themes in my art practice in new ways through the varying aesthetic qualities of each. I love the spontaneity of drawing and the freedom it allows me to draw anywhere and at any time, whereas my large-scale paintings on canvas are made up of highly considered compositions that take planning and space! I do love sitting with the canvas for hours and methodically apply layers and layers of paint. It’s very meditative.”
WHEN DO YOU DO YOUR BEST WORK?
“I’m very much a morning person so I rise early and get into the studio as soon as possible to start my day; the warmer months are my favourite time of year to work as my studio space lights up and sunshine pours in.”
WHERE WILL YOU BE THIS SUMMER?
“I’ve just returned from a trip to New York and Europe so I’ll be staying a little closer to home; my wife and I will be spending Christmas down on the Mornington Peninsula at my parents’ property enjoying the wineries and beaches, followed by a couple of weeks on the East Coast around the NSW hinterland and beaches which we do a couple of times a year.”
HOW IS FULL-TIME ARTIST LIFE?
“I am incredibly grateful that I can lead a truly autonomous, creative life through my art-making that isn’t restricted by any rules or expectations other than those I’ve placed on myself. I also love the freedom this affords me in terms of how I structure my day to day. I have a wonderful group of friends that all have their own creative businesses also – we are each other’s’ biggest supporters and they provide a sounding board and network for new ideas, problem-solving…and mid-week long lunches.”
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SUMMER?
“Lazy evenings with friends enjoying good food and wine in the warmth, lots of swimming at the local pool or down the coast at the beach and the luxury of time to explore and develop some new works I’ve been dreaming up in my mind over the last few months.”
You can view Caroline’s work on carolinewalls.com but if you’re anywhere near Paddington on November 8,
Maybe She opens at Saint Cloche Gallery (just a quick stroll from our Oxford Street boutique).
See you there!