On the couch

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UP FRONT - ALI­SON WALSH

I grew up in … Dysart and Mo­ran­bah [Cen­tral Queens­land], and then we moved to Tolga [near Ather­ton in the far north]. Af­ter high school in Mackay, I moved to Bris­bane to study vis­ual arts at QUT. A vivid child­hood mem­ory is … be­ing al­lowed to wan­der in the land­scape and bush. In Tolga, the kids' hang­out was a gi­ant fig tree. It was so big, six of us could sit in­side the trunk and talk. I moved to LA be­cause … my first ex­pe­ri­ence there was in the Aus­tralia Coun­cil stu­dio in Santa Monica in 2004. I then won a schol­ar­ship and stayed there and stud­ied at the Cal­i­for­nia In­sti­tute of Art, and now I work and teach there. The words that best de­scribe me are … hi­lar­i­ous and daggy. My first job was … babysit­ting in Mackay and work­ing at chil­dren's birth­day par­ties. I'd dress as var­i­ous char­ac­ters and do face-paint­ing and bal­loon-ty­ing and that sort of thing. My favourite smell is … Szechuan pep­per­corns. My part­ner is an amaz­ing cook and he has been us­ing a lot of them lately. A book I couldn't put down was … Dis­rup­tive Pat­tern Ma­te­rial: An En­cy­clopae­dia of Cam­ou­flage. It's in two vol­umes and is an amaz­ing ref­er­ence. A song that gives me goose­bumps is … Su­per­tramp's Take The Long Way Home. My favourite work of art is … this week it's any­thing by Andrea Bow­ers, an artist/ac­tivist based in LA. She does hy­per-real draw­ings and video work. I re­lax by … I love to go to the Korean baths near my place and lie on the jade floor for as long as I can. My great­est achieve­ment has been … at the mo­ment it's the project at Bris­bane's Gallery of Mod­ern Art [ see below]. The point of life is … to get amongst it. Be in the world and en­joy it, to be amused in the ev­ery­day. Wy­man, 36, lives in Los An­ge­les. Her ex­hi­bi­tion, Pat­tern Ban­dits, is at the Chil­dren's Art Cen­tre at GoMA, South Bank, un­til Novem­ber 2.

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