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Bob Daniel Community Centre

895 Beaufort Street Inglewood

Artist Interview - Pauline Roberts


Pauline Roberts is a Perth-based artist with a BA in Fine Art. Her work is intrinsically connected to the landscape and a sense of place.


Can you tell us about yourself?

I work with acrylic and oils and love to paint with vibrant colours. My work is in a semi-abstract style but I let the work take me where I need to go to explore a particular idea or theme.  


What does your work aim to say?

My need to connect to the environment, a sense of place, and the importance of a sense of community where we live. I  hope audiences will take away a sense of connection to their environment and the fragility of it as well.


Who are your biggest influences?

Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O Keeffe and Hilma af Klint.


How has your career developed and evolved?

I went from studying at TAFE and Uni, which I believe was an amazing and important foundation for my creative discovery and development to being a part of group exhibitions, having an open studio with Artsource WA, being a finalist for the Ellenbrook Art Award, and being one of the Artists in Residence at the Inglewood Arts Hub. I am more open to experimenting with different techniques and themes and will never stop learning.


Describe your studio or workspace.

My workspace might be described as "Organised Chaos! I prefer having a clear view of all the materials and tools I want to utilize.


What is your dream project?

Spending months out in nature and just exploring and responding to what I see, and feel.  


What is the best piece of advice you've received as an artist?

Make art for you! What drives you, and the themes that you want to explore.


How do you overcome creative blocks?

I give myself some space from my work, go for a walk, or work on something else and then come back to it in a few days with fresh eyes.


How do you stay motivated and productive in your art practice?

I try to go to as many exhibitions as possible and read about and look at other artists's work that I like. I try different techniques and mediums so I am always learning and growing.


How do you balance your personal life and your art practice?

I try to be as fully present as I can be when I'm doing each.  And by making sure that neither one is suffering or being neglected. I do find it hard sometimes though.  

Deconstruct

Acrylic on canvas, 50x40cm

This work looks at plant forms and deconstructs their shapes into simple forms

Cecchis Chickpea Love

Acrylic on canvas, 25x20cm

This work relates to a special place in Inglewood, "Cecchis Restaurant".


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