Today we wrapped up Júlia BOTH's second solo exhibition here in Melbourne, "A Garden of Delight" at Off the Kerb Gallery. She created the series, inspired by sexuality, during an artistic residency at Cowwarr Arts Space in December 2016. The vibrant watercolours are a new direction in her style and artistic abilities, yet another step in our journey to grow as individual artists so that we can bring better and better things into our collaboration.
If you're a working artist, much of your life might revolve around being able to create art to deadlines for exhibitions, commissions or public projects.
So what to do then, when you really need to get started on a piece but you're feel uninspired, not in the mood, or just like your creativity isn't flowing? Or maybe you haven;t been able to create for a while and you're getting nervous about it?
Everyone is different, but here are a few tips and experienced I've found helpful (and maybe you will too):
The start of 2016 has brought us a lot of realisations about ourselves and our work, and we've decided to start working more on our individual artwork. However, we are still collaborating on one big joint project that will unfold over the next couple of years: Ouroboros.
Ouroboros is the ancient symbol of the snake biting its own tail. It represents infinity, rebirth, the cyclic nature of reality and transformation. Through Ouroboros, we are embarking on a creative journey to explore ourselves, our creative cycles, our relationship and our future. A journey that will unfold on walls all over Melbourne over two years.
If you’re a working artist and you work on commissions, eventually you might end up having issues with your clients. From my personal experience: 90% of the time I could have avoided the situation by communicating better or being more thorough. Here are some things I’ve found help me avoid problems with clients:
You already know all the ethical reasons why you should pay visual artists a decent amount for their work. There’s plenty of memes and articles and videos about how screwed up it is to expect people to work for free or cheap just because they love what they do and are in a tough industry.
I’m not going to tell you any of that right now, because I get that most people that do those things aren’t evil sadistic bastards trying to screw creative people over.
In the past two years, I have been doing more commissioned art than ever to make a living from our artwork. At first, I was really scared that doing so much commercial art would kill off my personal art and I'd end up "selling my soul", but to my surprise the opposite happened. Read on to find out why.