Tough Luck Exhibition by Katie Eraser and Emma Lipscombe
Nobody said collaborations were easy, but teaming up with someone who lives over 3400 kilometres away presents unique challenges. Tough Luck is a joint effort from Melbourne-based artist Katie Eraser and Perth-based artist Emma Lipscombe, and brings together their distinct but complementary styles. Their upcoming exhibition features a range of paintings by each artist, and also a series of limited run textiles which the pair designed together. The exhibition is a great example of the way which social media platforms like Instagram can bring together likeminded artists and help foster creative relationships and friendships. Katie and Emma have overcome physical distance to create a truly collaborative and unique exhibition.
In anticipation of the opening night next Thursday 15 November at Tinning Street Gallery we had a chat with both of the artists to learn more about how Tough Luck came to be. We found it fascinating and we hope you do too!
MM: How did you end up working together and how did you end up with the idea of making textiles - Why textiles?
KE: Something interesting, that I think might surprise people about the show we are having together, is that Emma and I have never actually met in person. We traded paintings early this year, but the relationship has been contained on Instagram since then. I live in Melbourne, and Emma lives in Perth, a meagre 3400kms away. But instead of having this apparent impediment hinder us, we instead built upon it, and found a way to collaborate on work that we could create digitally, which is where the textile works came in. The flags tie our two styles and aesthetics together in a really beautiful and harmonious way, they join our practices and surpass the physical distance between us. The culmination is 5 textile flags that equally have our hands on them.
MM: What were the challenges while working on this project? Apart from the obvious one (distance)
KE: It has been an interesting experience to collaborate and build a show with someone without meeting in person, but we have been really quick in firing questions and getting replies on email and Instagram. It has been a really fluid and seamless experience, I genuinely think Emma and I are on the same page with how we want to show the work, and what we want to say with it, so all the decision making has been fluent. It’s been a breeze really - thanks Emma!
MM: Who/What are you most influenced by?
KE: I am constantly hunting and seeking new inspiration, there’s a little valve inside of me which is forever collecting images, and it never turns off really. I draw inspiration from many realms under the arts umbrella; interiors, furniture design, architecture, and then moving to the more obvious sculpture, photography, painting and so on. I think colour and form are my biggest influences if we boil it down, I love chasing that feeling of electricity that shoots through my conscious when I see something that propels me to create.
MM: How would you describe your style?
KE: Colourful, intuitive, unrestrained, textured, multi-layered and energetic, those words could also describe the way I put paint onto a canvas too. I love seeing how all the mediums interact with each other, cover, distort and cause chaos to those underneath, the build up of many layers is also something that evolves as I paint, and I take immense pleasure in watching the piece grow in front of me.
MM: What’s the most enjoyable part of doing what you do?
EL: Being in that space of making something, finding the good colours and placing them together. It’s not rocket science but the combination of a pattern and certain mix of colours is like a good meal for me.
MM: If you weren't an artist what would you be?
EL: I like my other life as a Landscape Architect a lot. The two are quite complimentary. Otherwise, I’d be doing something, I don’t know what, likely in Europe.
MM: What's your favorite thing about Melbourne?
EL: Apart from being a fantastic city, it’s also really friendly! I don’t live in in Melbourne, I live in Perth but despite this I have some of my very best buddies living there. That makes Melbourne quite special to me. And as a bonus, my art is accepted on the most part by Melbournians, so I feel like those kind buyers would make great friends too!!
MM: Artist tent to have the best playlist, can you recommend a good read / good playlist?
EL: Probably better to ask Katie this one, as I’ve a shed load of books on my bedside table, half-finished. If you’re interested, the one on top is Steven Fry’s “Mythos”!