Artist Clare Brodie guides us through the cre­ative process be­hind her dis­tinc­tive na­ture-in­spired pieces

AnA eye for colour and de­sign givesg this artist’s paint­ings ofo bold ab­stract land­scapes a dis­tinc­tive look

Inside Out (Australia) - - Contents - EDITED BY BELINDA KEMP For more de­tails, visit clare­brodie.com.

You’ve pre­vi­ously worked in in­te­rior de­sign. What en­cour­aged you to ex­plore art? I was in­ter­ested in art from a young age, how­ever I stud­ied in­te­rior de­sign, which led me to work as a com­mer­cial in­te­rior de­signer for 20 years. Draw­ing, paint­ing and art cour­ses were al­ways hap­pen­ing in the back­ground, though. How has your work as an in­te­rior de­signer in­flu­enced your artis­tic style? My art­work heav­ily re­lies on what I learnt from de­sign – per­spec­tive, com­po­si­tion and the thought­ful choice of colour. I see my art prac­tice as de­sign-based. Shift­ing from a de­sign ca­reer to be­ing a full-time artist took a lot of ex­plo­ration and stu­dio time. While I was work­ing in the in­te­ri­ors in­dus­try in Lon­don, I was drawn to the amaz­ing range of tex­tiles. I loved the way fab­rics were pre­sented in col­lec­tions, with a hero de­sign and all its match­ing co­or­di­nates. I emulate this lay­er­ing of ideas by vary­ing the per­spec­tive of my work, zoom­ing in or pulling out and also by vary­ing can­vas size. What is your main fo­cus when you be­gin a new piece? Where do you start? Each art­work flows from the pre­vi­ous paint­ing. By the time I fin­ish a can­vas, I know the next con­cept I’d like to ex­plore. When I’m paint­ing for an ex­hi­bi­tion, some­where near the end of pro­duc­ing the main body of work, the next se­ries is born. This con­stant re­veal and evo­lu­tion of ideas through­out the process cap­ti­vates me. What is your ap­proach with colour? I am very de­lib­er­ate with my choice of colour as I use this to project how I feel about the land­scape and my emo­tions when I am sur­rounded by na­ture. My use of flat planes of sat­u­rated colour has be­come my sig­na­ture style. Cur­rently, I use vari­a­tions of ter­tiary com­ple­men­tary colours with their tints and shades sur­rounded by neu­trals. Each paint­ing de­vel­ops in its own unique way – I can never re­ally pre­dict the fi­nal out­come. What role does na­ture and land­scape play in your cre­ative process? I have an affin­ity for nat­u­ral land­scapes and I’ve fo­cused my art­work on the Aus­tralian bush­land, con­cen­trat­ing on my lo­cal area and Lake Tabourie, where we of­ten go for hol­i­days. Walk­ing is some­thing I do daily to re­flect on and em­power my art prac­tice and through my ob­ser­va­tion of bush shapes in chang­ing lights, I have cre­ated my own vis­ual lan­guage. What does the next year hold for you? If next year looked sim­i­lar to this year with a solo ex­hi­bi­tion, joint art ex­hi­bi­tions and lots of stu­dio time, I would be a tired but happy artist!

Clare Brodie (in­set) cre­ates a range of na­ture-in­spired art­works us­ing a cu­rated colour pal­ette. Her first solo show, Path­ways at Saint Cloche in Syd­ney’s Padding­ton (top left) was, ac­cord­ing to Clare, “Scary, but a huge suc­cess and big val­i­da­tion that...

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