Q + A: Sandra Winkworth
SANDRA WINKWORTH FINDS JOY IN THE WONKY, UNPROCESSED AND OPEN-ENDED.
How would you describe what you do to someone who hasn’t seen your art?
My art is a mix of watercolour cut-outs layered with found street detritus to form hanging assemblages and installations. They are like collaged landscapes or gardens that celebrate play and adaptability.
When did your love affair with art begin?
I have always needed to express my love for the natural world. There was all this moody European art covering the family home, including the bathroom, that got my attention.
Walk us through your studio…
My studio is in the centre of my home, so most people visiting are quite astonished at how I live. The house is bustling with work, street throw-outs and op-shop finds. Art and life nurture each other here.
Music and podcasts on human and planet health, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, environmental issues are always on and they naturally feed and seep into the work.
Where do you find inspiration?
While also exploring the darker and contrary aspects of life, I embrace the transient and overlooked, finding joy in the wonky, unprocessed and open-ended. From daily walks I collect/hoard most of my material, where I am distracted gleefully by our birdlife and kept in awe of the diversity in plants and design found in our suburban home gardens.