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Arts Interview July 2 2012

Arts Interview July 2 2012

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arts interview 
insights, ideas and inspiration for the arts
arts interview: Anthony White
July 2, 2012 // 
Interview by Alex Bellemore
 2012 seems to be flying by so quickly, combined with the end of thefinancial year and the seriously busy arts calender in full swing in allparts of the world- things can get hectic. So lucky for you the themeof our July interviews at
 arts interview
Stress and Wellbeing
. Westart this month off with artist Anthony White. Enjoy! Anthony White is an international artist- Australian born and bred,now based in Paris. After graduating from the National Art School in2003, White has exhibited widely in Europe and Australia and is heldin significant private and public collections in Australia, Europe, Asia
and the USA. Anthony talks to
 arts interview
about his practice andthe sometimes stresses of working as a full time artist.
Can you tell us a bit about your practice and what you have beenworking on recently?
 My practice is built around the sensuous nature of paint with anawareness of surface. The paint itself has really been the subject,exploring physicality in order to find form. The process now isbecoming one of reduction and erasure. I’m interested in the idea ofpsychic automatism that the Surrealists were into. The idea ofbridging the gap between the unconscious mind and the consciousone and how that relates to the integrity of the mark.Currently I’m working on a body of work for exhibition in Hong Kongearly next year atThe Cat St Gallery, Hong Kong as well as a groupshow called Signal 8 during August in Hong Kong.
What do you think are the broad stress factors for artists?
 I think the biggest stress is probably about time management,money and organisation. I think artists in general can have a hardtime being responsive towards a deadline and finishing things.Questioning how much of that day job do you work and how muchtime in the studio tends to make you very, very busy. If your luckyenough to be making art fulltime then its difficult to get the work outthere globally, without stretching yourself financially.
Can you tell us about when you first moved from Australia toParis, what were the stress factors of moving and finding yourself in a new ‘art scene’?
 Meeting people in the art world can be difficult with a languagebarrier. I have also hired a translator for special projects in the past,which helps a lot.
Do you have any specific coping mechanisms when you arestressed?
 I find myself in nature a lot, that’s really important. Also I find doingsomething else totally unrelated for a while until you come up with

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