On the couch
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.