Q&A with Kristin McIver - Visual Artist
Monday, November 16, 2015
Posted by: Melanie Chiew
Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Visual Artist
Kristin McIver is an emerging Visual Artist. In 2014, Kristin was awarded a grant from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund to undertake a 3 month artist-in-residence program with Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, NY.
Who are you as an artist?
I am an Australian artist based in Brooklyn NY, whose practice includes sculpture, painting and installation. Utilising devices such as language, neon, and hyper-gloss acrylic, my works explore the themes of desire and aspiration prevalent in our hyper-consumer culture. Through my work I aim to break down the illusions of commodity aesthetics.
What prompted you to come to the US?
New York is a city of creative inspiration and opportunity.
What did your course/project involve?
I participated in a 3 month artist-in-residence program with Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, NY. The program involved a series of events, seminars, and tailored studio visits with curators, critics and arts professionals from New York City and surrounds.
What were the highlights of your experience?
I was given the opportunity to present a solo exhibition in Brooklyn of works created during the residency.
Where did you find inspiration?
In the galleries and museums of the city, as well as discussions with arts professionals I have met during the residency.
What will you take away from this experience?
The residency was a fantastic experience which expanded the scope of my work, and established valuable contacts in the arts industry at a time of transition into the US.
What is your favorite piece of work that resulted from this experience?
I created a body of work called Typecast which I presented as an exhibition. These works will also be presented in Australia late 2014.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a public artwork that I will create as part of the Vancouver Biennale.
What is your vision for the future?
I hope to live and work to establish a career as an artist in the USA, and establish representation with a New York based gallery.
What advice would you give other artists aspiring to come to the US?
Research the different galleries, residency programs and arts organisations. There are so many here, that it is important to find the right fit for you and your work.
[Interview: May 2014]