08/11/2019 by Melissa Corbett 0 Comments
Artist Interview with Caroline Boff
Recently UK based contemporary artist Caroline
Boff and I interviewed each other about our artistic practice and what drives
us to create visual art. Caroline paints vibrant large scale canvases that
intermesh abstraction and representational art. It’s been a great honour for me
to chat with her about our art! Here is Caroline’s interview with me about what
CB: How did you get
started? Did you study at art school or did you start painting out of an inner
desire to express yourself more creatively?
MC: I really got
started doing art again after getting divorced in my late twenties. I was
suffering from terrible social anxiety and I found that drawing and writing
comics, making collages and printmaking helped me deal with the world again.
For me I make art out of a sense of compulsiveness, if I don’t make art I don’t
really feel like myself, I go a bit stir crazy!
CB: - What inspires you in your paintings?
MC: For me I love the
technical challenge of painting, but I also find it a deeply intuitive
practice. I find I go through different themes, but I’m very interested in
history (including art history), society and people. So I find I often work on
these subjects. However, every once in a while it’s nice just to paint a plant!
CB: - You seem really passionate about juxtaposing the past and future, is there a reason for this?
MC: Time and history are really
interesting phenomena. We are all shaped by history, by our personal but also
our collective past. Every day in the present we are having experiences, and
decisions are being made in our society. Those experiences and decisions will
shape the future.
I also find the idea of non-linear time fascinating. Recently I have been reading a book by Kathleen
Kemarre Wallace called “Listen Deeply”, which tells the stories of her country
in the Australian central desert. Often Australian Aboriginal people will talk
about the “Dreamtime”, but the Dreamtime is not just in the past, it’s in the
present and the future. It’s a really difficult concept, but I’m always trying
to learn and understand more.Now that non-Indigenous
Australians regularly listen or do the acknowledgement of country, we now use
in our language this idea of the past, present and future all being one time.
It’s a small but significant change. Language is such a big part of who we are
CB: - It seems like you are in
a really exciting time in your artistic career, where have you/are going to
exhibit? For newer artists, how did you come upon these opportunities?
MC: Yes! Everything is all
happening at once! I recently started studying a Masters in Arts Practice and
Visual Culture at UCLM in Spain. I was also invited to exhibit my collages at
the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Australia Spain Business Association in
Madrid. My Jenny Kee screenprint was the featured artwork as part of their “25
famous Australians” theme for the celebration.
I think like yourself, I
gained these opportunities by contacting people and organisations directly. I
guess if you don’t knock, nobody is going to answer the door!
CB: -If you had to sum up the
message you are wanting to get across what would that be?
MC: That’s a tough one. I guess
to be in touch with our own and others humanity. To be present, here, now, on
CB:- What goals do you have
for the future? For example are you looking for sponsors for your art, or are
you planning to do a residency soon? Do you have gallery representation or are
you looking for this?
MC: Because I am doing my masters now, I want to get
some new major pieces done, which means that I would like to find sponsors who
can help fund the creation of those pieces. Otherwise I am looking to make new
prints that I can sell online along with my existing pieces.