Interview with Ella Jane, River Studios
6 October 2016
Ella Jane Collins is an abstract painter who has been working out of River Studios for the past year. Ella Jane's first solo exhibition, at SOMA Gallery in Brunswick opens next week. She took some time out to talk about her practice, her studio, and the importance of an open mind.
U(dys)topia runs from 14 October - 28 October.
What do you love about your creative space?
I love the industrial vibe of River Studios and the eclectic range of artists working within the building. It’s inspiring to be submerged in such a diverse environment. Also, the privacy of having an individual space while still being engaged with a community of artists in the residency.
What’s a typical day in the studio like for you?
I tend to work alla prima, therefore most days I paint continuously for a number of hours at the easel. I might have an interval for tea or stretches, but otherwise I don’t usually stop painting until I leave at the end of the day, wondering where the last 7 hours went.
What are you currently reading?
Man and His Symbols by Carl G. Jung
What are you currently listening to?
Various podcasts on creativity and philosophy. Otherwise my music taste is entirely schizophrenic.
What are you currently watching?
I’m trying to avoid watching anything in order to stay focused on work. But on an entirely irrelevant-to-my-work note, I’ll say Rick and Morty.
What are some upcoming projects you are working on?
My first solo exhibition is opening on the 14th of October at SOMA Gallery, so I’m currently working on the final preparations for that. I’m also hosting an event in the upstairs of the gallery space on the 23rd for artists to sell off developmental or experimental work that otherwise sits in crevices of their homes or studios. Every artist has work that they neither want to exhibit or throw away, so it’s a chance to pass that work on. Clear space, clear mind.
How has your creative space informed your practice?
I completed my Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT University at the beginning of the year, so it’s been perfect to focus on my practice in a private space. While its important to receive feedback about your work, it’s also necessary to seclude yourself from outside viewpoints in order to make intuitive decisions. I believe the creative process is much more authentic this way.
Your practice seems primarily focused on oil painting but you also draw and make jewellery. How is the exploration of different mediums important to you as an artist?
You need to keep an open mind when it comes to exploring outside a ‘chosen’ medium or method. The artist’s practice should be ephemeral in order to progress, and this means utilizing a variety of methods or technologies. This can in turn compliment and inform the core medium, while allowing you to think alternatively to your usual process.
Read more about Ella Jane here
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