In Conversation With: Anne Tweed

A tale of two sanctuaries: Anne Tweed takes us into her studio and into the Australian bushscape.

How would you describe your artwork?

The layered landscape involves a process of two stages. The first stage is a detailed drawing of the landscape done to completion. The second is the introduction of urban shadows: geometrical shapes that loom over. It is essentially two pieces of work connected and presented as one.

When did you first fall in love with art?

My passion for art started in early childhood, and the spark to create has never left. I live and breathe art, and I would be lost without it.

Where are you based?

I am based in Castlemaine, Victoria. My studio is a renovated warehouse, and it’s my sanctuary and place of creativity.

Did you study fine arts, or are you self-taught?

I am self-taught, although along the journey I have been lucky to have had some amazing mentors and to have attended a number of intensive workshops. I have been practising as an artist my whole life.

What does a typical day in the studio involve?

As soon as I set foot into my studio, I am inspired; it is an incredible space. I am very disciplined with my practice, and so you will find me in my studio morning till night. Being an artist is incredibly rewarding but also a lot of hard work.

Where do you find inspiration?

All my inspiration is found in nature. I am lucky to live in an area where I am surrounded by a landscape that features amazing rock formations and stunning bushland.

What materials do you use?

With this current series, I’m using graphite and watercolour.

What are you currently working on?

This current series is called Urban Shadows. It is a commentary on the effect that colonisation and modern technology has had on the fragile native landscape. Much of what is left is fragmented, and our delicate ecosystem is facing radical change.

Who are three art-world players you would invite to dinner?

William Kentridge and Corita Kent. I know it’s only two, but it would be an incredible evening.

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