Interview: Tammie Castles

What is your earliest memory of making art?
Painting at preschool with dad’s shirt on backwards

Do you listen to music when you are creating works? If so, what is on high rotation?
No I listen to podcasts though – Tofop (Will Anderson & Charlie Clausen ) and this American Life.

Left: Tammie Castles, ‘Border Drift’ 2010, duraclear prints on acrylic – 9 pieces, 6 x 62 x 16cm
Right: Tammie Castles, ‘Postcards – January 2010’ 2010, mixed media on paper, 11 x 16 x 12.5cm variable

When preparing for your last exhibition, did you create works around a theme or did the links between the works reveal themselves later on?
It took a while to find a cohesive theme for the works. It was discovered through drawing that had come out of previous works which all seemed to revolve around the memory of what is home which if course is really what my work has been about all along.

Describe the space in which you create your works (studio, lounge room etc):
I have a space in Queen St studios in Chippendale, a big old warehouse that has studios split over 2 levels with about 7 artists each. Its a free space that’s funded part by the Fraser development at Broadway and the City of Sydney and has a great mix of different artists. It’s my first proper space outside of art school and not sure what I will do once my time is up there!

Do you have a favourite piece or favourite pieces? If so, which piece/s and why?
I’m enjoying drawing on ply at the moment, but I think I’m looking forward to getting back to doing some life drawing which is something that I haven’t revisited since since art school.

Left: Tammie Castles, ‘HOME 7’ 2012, acetate prints on acrylic, LED, ply box, 24 x 24 x 6cm
Right: Tammie Castles, ‘HOME 8’ 2012, acetate prints on acrylic, LED, ply box, 24 x 24 x 6cm

What has been, for you, a defining moment in your career as an artist?
I think accepting that making art is something that I need to do and not feeling guilty about it.

What did you eat for breakfast?
Nothing yet, I’m hoping my boyfriend will make me something with eggs when he wakes up!

New work by Tammie Castles is currently on view at the Gallery as part of Introducing IIIā€¦, on view until Saturday 5 May 2012.

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