Words & PHOTOS: Manuela Millan
I just visited Future Relief , an exhibition by Maddie Sharrock, and I just couldn't wait any longer to share it with all of you! I hope you enjoy the interview and get a chance to visit the exhibition.
Open Every Day
Thursday 14th - 28th September
9am - 3pm
School House Studios
Long Division Gallery
81 Rupert Street Collingwood
MM: What was your childhood like? Did you grow up in a creative household?
MS: Ours was a typical large family household constantly busy with activity and energy. My business partner in Studio Twocan is my sister Becc and we have shared a keen and life-long interest in creativity. Even as children we worked together on craft projects learning how to use our hands and minds creatively from an early age.
MM: What's your creative process like?
MS: Producing cement ceramics for Studio Twocan has been my creative practice for the past 3 years. This is a very playful hands-on process where action and experimentation lead to the next step or decision. For my new body of work I've developed an unconventional process of sculpting using CAD software linked to CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines. The affordable CNC routers cut precise CAD designs into polystyrene moulds, which are then poured with concrete and set.
MM: I understand that you do the sculptures using 'non-traditional' methods (CNC routing). What is the best part of the process and the result? How did you come up with that technique?
MS: I came up with the technique when Becc and I made a chair for Cult Furniture's Charity Chair Project last year. It's much cheaper than getting a timber master made from which to create a silicone mould; much quicker too. Depending on the CNC machine and routing tool, carving lines appear in the mould - like a chisel to a piece of wood. When looking at an object, you can see whether it is handmade. This often means that imperfections and spontaneity are evident in the work - the artist's finger print. Well, I like that CNC routing machines have their own fingerprint and input in the work too, and this in turn becomes my aesthetic.
MM: If you could be anywhere right now where would you go, and why
MS: Munster Sculpture Festival. But I guess I'll have to wait another 10 years
MM: How important is social media for your practice?
MS: Social media has completely changed how creatives operate. It's how we connect to our audience and to one another. It's how we get inspired by other people people's work and it's how we own what we make. I find it overwhelming sometimes. Posting and hash tagging don't come naturally to me yet. But it's crucial to growing a brand. This is something I have learned from my sister.
MM: Where do you get the best coffee in Melbourne? And where do you get the best meal?
MS: Ha! Alimentari for both. I'm such a sucker for their meatball wrap.
MM: Tell us bit about your career goals and future projects
MS: I'm looking forward to unveiling a 13 metre long coloured concrete wall that I made in conjunction with ArchitectsEAT for Tract Landscape Architecture. I'm also working on similar scale work for Meme Design and Carnival Design Studio. I'd like to start making outdoor sculptures.