Ninja Edit: My blog editor was being a prick when i made this post, causing a whole lot of images and info not to show up, the post will look different now as i have corrected the fuck up!
Wow, what can i say about Mel Baxter? I really don’t think my words do Mel, her work and her acheivements the justice they deserve.
She has guest curated a handful of exhibitions, including Curvy, Hand Drawn, New York Buck and designed album art work for the likes of Dan Parsons, Danny Widdicombe and the Boat People, needless to say i am stoked to have been able to catch up with Mel for a bit of a chat, and to introduce her as This Life’s latest feature artist.
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Firstly, thank you so much for your time, whats been happening?
Lately Ive been making plans to start my own business- aside from the other 455 I’m trying to get going ….
This will be a full time venture though- like a 7am-4pm kind of deal. Ive never had that kind of routine before- so its going to be interesting.
Not wanting to place down any titles or descriptions I’ll ask you to delve into your imagination briefly and picture about 12 pies all marked “creativity” — some of them are for sale, some of them are free- Now there’s me… standing in front of these pies, not working out which one to buy or to take home- but considering growing two extra fingers so I could put one in each pie…..😉
How did you first find out you had a talent for art, at what point did you decide to pursue it as a career?
class was really the only place I fitted in. I graduated grade 12 as a C student but with a dux in art and realised the world of creativity was really the only place I wanted to be.
What other artists are you into or influenced by?
Second was Melbourne based designer Ben Thomson aka Simian Lines- We ended up working collaboratively together for The Versus Show I in 08.You work in various mediums and have quite a diverse subject matter, do you prefer any medium in particular?
I think imagery which I can play with or manipulate is my most obvious form of inspiration as well romance.
What’s been blasting through your headphones lately?
Greatest accomplishment as an artist?
How would you say your style has progressed from when you first started seriously making art?
What’s in your pockets right now?
How would you describe your artistic style?
What are your views/opinions on the World and Society today?
You, along with Frankie Magazine and Nine Lives Gallery put together “Hand Drawn”, an exhibition showcasing some of Australia and New Zealand’s finest female artists, can you tell us a bit more about the idea behind the event, beside it being an all female exhibition?
Name 5 things you couldn’t live without.
Advice to aspiring artists?
Any up coming projects that we should know about?
The Versus Show III – featuring Rob Scott Vs. Nick Hornum. Two seriously talented artists who are mates and this will be their first collaborative show together- 20th Nov @ The Fort Gallery.
Word association, you know the deal, say the first thing that comes to your mind when you read the word.
Kevin Rudd- blank
Where can people follow what you’re up to and view your work?
You can check out my stuff on www.melbaxter.com and if you click on LIVE that’ll take you to my blog which is hopefully updated.Last words, shout outs?
Ahoy tha !