Caroline Walls // Life studies at Studio Local
Caroline Walls creates beautiful, fluid and bold art in a range of media and I've been following her since discovering her work a few years ago. I was delighted to hear that she will be running an interactive small-group life drawing workshop at at Studio Local on Sunday 30 September. In anticipation of this event I had a quick 10 questions with Caroline to find out more about her practice and her style.
I hope you enjoy getting to know her and her inspiration a little better, and if you want to come along on Sunday make sure to book soon as there are only a few spots left!
MM: When did you start to paint?
CW: I always painted throughout high-school but had a long break while I worked in design and art direction. I picked up the paint brush again in 2014 when doing a post-grad certificate at VCA outside of work hours and it reignited my love for it.
MM: What’s the most enjoyable part of doing what you do?
CW: I love the sense of autonomy art-making provides, not just in the creative sense when making a particular piece of work but also in my general day to day living. I enjoy the freedom of how I choose to spend my time and on what creative pursuits - this feels like a true luxury to me.
MM: Can you name an artist that inspires you?
CW: I’m particularly inspired by other female artists, both past and present - Marlene Dumas, Louise Bourgeois, Nan Goldin, Barbara Hepworth, Sarah Lucas, Tracey Emin. I could go on..
MM: How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t painting?
CW: I love going to the cinema and eating really good food - more often than not these two things go hand in hand. I also love the outdoors and heading out on a road trip down the coast to soak in the big skies and the fresh air.
MM: Did you grow up in a creative household?
CW: Yes, but not in the obvious sense, my mum is a wonderful cook and loves to make feasts for friends and family and dad has a creative mind when it comes to numbers, problem solving and entertaining so together they made for a very lively, vibrant and open household that encouraged a sense of play.
MM: What are you listening to right now?
CW: Sigur Rós is on high rotation at the moment..I love painting to their quite ethereal sound.
MM: What is the first thing you do in the morning?
CW: I’d like to say something mindful and pure but in reality I tend to respond to emails that have come through overnight! This allows me to get out bed and focus on the creative work with a clearer mind.
MM: Best advice given or received?
CW: An old boss said to be many years ago when I was working in art direction - 'Don’t live for the weekend, you need to find the joy every day’ . It stuck with me and my take away from that was that I needed to find something I loved doing so much that I didn’t find myself counting down the days of my working week..it took quite a few more years to achieve this but I feel very lucky to have found that thing that makes me tick.
MM: What are your hopes for the next few years?
CW: As always I hope to continue to grow and expand in my art-making. I really feel like I am only at the very beginning of my exploration into art-making and I am keen to delve much further into my own practise.
Can you recommend a coffee place and a restaurant in Melbourne?
CW: My favourite coffee and breakfast spot is Napier Quarter in Fitzroy for one of their omelettes, they also have really delicious jam! For dinner I love Marion on Gertrude Street for it’s relaxed atmosphere and the yummy food and wine.
About Caroline Walls
Caroline Walls (b. 1984) is an Australian artist working across a number of media, including painting, drawing, soft sculpture, and print-making. Walls creates work with a skilled and fluid approach to aesthetics, focusing on the female form as her central subject. She graduated with a First-class Honours degree in Visual Communication and Design from Swinburne University (2006) and recently attended the Victorian College of the Arts where she completed a post-graduate certificate in Visual Arts.
Caroline lives and works in Melbourne, Australia after spending extensive time abroad living in both London and NYC. Walls worked as a designer and art director for fashion and luxury lifestyle brands for 10 years before moving into art-making full-time. Caroline has had 3 solo exhibitions of here work, with the most recent two in 2017 selling out. She looks forward to presenting her fourth solo exhibition in 2018.
"With a foundation in design my artistic practice is grounded in a strong sense of colour play, line and form. I am inspired by everyday human experiences and the fluidity and movement of the human body. These artworks explore the female body and the reduction of its form as a way of heightening its expressive power."