Recognised for her boldly seductive mixed media artworks which merge fashion, photography and fine art, Sydney based artist Dina Broadhurst is undoubtedly one of Australia's most exciting new talents on the art scene with an ever-growing list of high-profile collectors and brand collaborators. We spoke exclusively with Broadhurst about what's next for the young creative:
How did you get into the world of fine art?
I basically gained my audience through Instagram rather than the traditional path of gallery showings opening up to a global audience more quickly and with a direct communication channel connecting me with buyers and commercial clients abled me to see a more complete showcase of my work.
How would you describe your aesthetic style in 3 words?
Surreal, pop, emotive.
Who has been your greatest influence?
Artist such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman are all major influences.
You often blur the lines between collage and photography, Tell us about the process/concept of this.
I love the medium of photography and how it captures and freezes a moment in time, a caught emotion, and the fact that it doesn’t show the full picture, it’s your edited manipulated version using light, framing and angles. So it allows mystery, it opens up storytelling and ideas, assumptions and different ways of seeing and interpretations depending on our own moods, feelings and time. So we put a part of ourselves and our own mind into what we think we are seeing. Digital photography and manipulation further this process and creates more wonder and possibilities, as does collage both analogue and digital versions. Opening up portrays for layers and messages that are inside me as an artist through my own emotions. And then to have all this release and find a way to make it seem simplified and pieced together seamlessly like a jigsaw puzzle is a never-ending excitement and discovery for me. And then to be able to experience other versions of my discoveries through imagery is the greatest feeling.
What has been your challenging work-to-date?
My most challenging works are always when it’s to a client brief as I’m such an intuitive emotional artist that to work to a prescribed vision through someone else’s eyes is very challenging and exposing, however, it’s fantastic to have these feelings of being challenged and pushed and directed out of my familiar routine and process. Sometimes I insist and guide back to where I’m knowing it has to go for me as the artist, but sometimes I allow the pushing to take me to a new place that I know I have to go.
What are you currently working on? Any exciting new projects?
I have an exciting mural series about to install in Sydney in a gorgeous commercial landmark building. I’m also working on my first personally produced and curated show at Casa Studio Sydney (my home and studio space) and I have an exciting new venture with a product line that I will be putting a lot of heart and soul into this year.
If you could have dinner with one person dead or alive who would it be and why?
Andy Warhol because not only is his work, process, ideas and sense of confidence an endless inspiration to me, he is also so eccentric and fascinating on so many levels.
Name three creatives you are currently inspired by and why?
1. Sabine Marcelis use of shape, material and colour combine to make everything seem so simple, elegant and ethereal that you just want to feel it and live with it all.
2. Jacquemus has the most incredible eye and use of colour, his authenticity to his heritage, his family and his unique vision creates a magical combination.
3. Tina Kunakey her elegance, style, vibrance, confidence, attitude, sex appeal, and love is so infectious.
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