Visual Artist working in River Studios

What appealed to you most about your studio space when you first saw it?

The light flowing in from the window above my studio. The projects I work on in my space don’t always need natural light; in fact sometimes it’s quite the opposite if I am editing video or photographic footage. But I find the light in my studio helps with my mood and productivity. It’s always nice to feel connected to the outside world when you are making art.

How have you made this space your own?

I put temporary white walls around the perimeter of my space, brought in tables, chairs, a couch and all of my art tools. I then invited two colleagues to share it with me. I have gradually put up a lot of images that inspire me.

What do you create or make in your studio?

I plan video works, make maquettes of props, take photos, cut out images from magazines and books and make collages. The studio is large enough for me to have two desks, so I have a desk for making and a desk for computer based work.

What is your favourite item in your studio at the moment (or in the whole building)?

A small piece of pink granite I got from from Gabo Island.

I grew up holidaying in Mallacoota, a small town in East Gippsland. It’s a special place for my family and a lot of my childhood and teenage memories are from there. My parents took my brothers and me to Gabo Island (situated between Mallacoota and Cape Howe) when I was quite young. We ventured there via a small biplane. It was wonderful to see the landscape from that viewpoint. When we arrived I remember the intense wind, incredible flora and fauna and the lighthouse which is made from the same pink granite which is everywhere on the island. When I look at this granite in my studio I think of all of these things.

About Laura

Laura Carthew is an interdisciplinary visual artist working primarily with video and photography. Her practice investigates rituals, memorialisation and choreography within both cultural and spiritual practices.

Since graduating from Monash University in 2011, she has had solo and group exhibitions across a range of galleries including Anna Pappas Gallery, East Gippsland Art Gallery, Nellie Castan Gallery, Platform Contemporary Art Spaces, Seventh Gallery and Trocadero Art Space.

She is a recipient of Artstart, Australia Council for the Arts (2012), an Artist Encouragement Grant, Rotary Club of Melbourne (2013) and a Creative Young Stars Grant from the Australian Government (2013).

In 2014 and 2015, Laura participated in a mentorship and residency in Seoul with South Korean Artist Yeondoo Jung. For this she was supported by a Creative Individuals Career Fund Grant, Copyright Agency Limited (2014) and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust (2014).