Art Edit Q&A October 2014

Rebecca Brady  Artist  Q&A

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How would you describe what you do to someone who hasn’t seen your art?

I am an artist who loves to explore and experiment with art materials in relation to the intuitive act of creating. My artwork is a detailed and complex hub of fusing colour in multi layers. It’s a creative and visual playground of exploration and experimentation that manifests itself into an expressionistic form, idea, motif or landscape. The act of painting as well as the interaction and communication between the conscious and subconscious plays a pivotal and recurrent developmental practice in my work in reference to what inspires me in the everyday world and who I am.

How long have you been practising art and did you attend art school?

I completed my Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1998 and have been activity creating and exhibiting my work since these time both nationally and internationally. I also completed my Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education in 1999 and have been teaching Visual Arts to High School students for the past 16 years.

What is your studio like?

My studio is a treasure trove of collected visual resources, prints, drawings and magazines. I have a hanging space and beautiful chair that I sit in and create.  This includes my son’s beautiful drawings and paintings from Preschool that I hang from walls and notice boards.

What materials do you use?

I am a mixed media artist. I use everything from oil crayons and charcoal to spray paint, oils, acrylics and inks. Each material is unique in its application and creates windows as gateways for new exploration.

What is your process?

From an intuitive approach, my art making is created in layers through the playful and spontaneous act of pouring, drawing, mark making, experimenting and manipulating paint and mediums. Using preliminary sketches and research documentation, I create a relationship between the conscious and subconscious.

What themes can be found in your work? / Subject matter?

The everyday world, my relationships and who I am inspires my art making practice. From science and microscopic imagery to landscapes, animals and people; my work is emotive and artistically reflects my imagination and mind.

Where can we find your work?

www.rathenart.com

Contact Rebecca at rathenart@hotmail.com or 0421289904