In-Profile: Kylie Spear

| November 8, 2013

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MM: WHO are you?
KS: I am Kylie Spear- an emerging artist, writer, and curator currently based in Brisbane. I am also co-director of The Hold Artspace – a contemporary West End gallery that I run with my partner Luke Kidd.

WHAT is your work about?
Many things! But my current studio practice is concerned with expanded drawing. That is, drawing using non-traditional media such as video, audio, and installation. I see my work as a conceptual investigation into drawing and line-making, and aim to challenge and extend how the medium is considered.

WHEN did you realise you were in tune with the right side of your brain?
From a young age, I suppose. I have early memories of sitting down to draw and make things for hours on end. My mother often tells me stories of some of the weird, creative things I used to get up to as a kid.

WHERE do you draw inspiration from?
Everywhere! Even the most mundane, everyday experience can act as inspiration. Many of my works begin simply, mostly through observation and discussion with friends.

WHY do you create?
For a lot of reasons. Perhaps as a reaction to an inner desire to bring an immaterial idea into physical reality. Or to present alternative ways of perceiving the world. Or to express something visually that cannot be said with words.

HOW does the magic happen – creative process or candid creativity?
While art-making for me is often intuitive, I also follow a specific methodology to see a work through to completion. For me, there is a great deal of discipline and research that goes into creating a critically engaged artwork. It is called art-WORK for a reason! I generate a lot of experimental pieces and ideas, before refining my works down to their most simple or ‘essential’ form, which can take weeks, months, or longer depending on what I am hoping to achieve. While this might sound hard or boring, I do get a lot of enjoyment and fulfillment out of this process- I wouldn’t do it otherwise!

Plans for 2013?
I am working on several projects at the moment. In December I will be presenting a group exhibition I am in the process of curating at The Hold Artspace. It will be called A River Without Banks – keep an eye out for it! I am also completing some writing, and am working towards an exhibition I have coming up in Sydney early next year.

So we can stay in the loop, what’s your dot com(s)?
You can find more of my work here or at The Hold Artspace

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