On Thursday 5th March I (along with Jeff Robertson) interviewed Wellesley Binding with the intention of gaining an insight into his creative practice and studio processes. The interview lasted for over two hours (including breaks) and a range of subjects were covered, but while I learnt a lot it would be fair to say we only scratched the surface.
This interview along with notes taken from several other sources such as informal discussions while working, studio visits, observations of an artist at work provided the bulk of the material used for all four tasks of the internship.
The interview itself was engaging, interesting and informative, from the beginning we agreed to allow for a certain amount of spontaneity so while I had some set questions, the flow of information was ‘controlled’ by Wellesley. A narrative started to emerge which flowed in myriad directions but all with threads of commonalities and connectivity, it felt less like an interview and more like a conversation.
In a way the ‘interview’ reminded me of my process when I am painting, I start with an idea and then as things start to happen on the surface a conversation emerges and I find myself doing things differently. This spontaneity, or if you like, conversation with the materials and surface, are a key component of my creative practice. Ideas are generated by research and drawing but until I start to actually apply the media to a surface I am never really sure of what is going to happen.
Back to the interview and without going into detail, the key points I gleaned from our conversation are bullet pointed as follows or in some cases I have placed an image that represents key ideas, subjects, and interests.
- Do the work
- On Building Bridges, Colin McCahon.
- Diego Velásquez, Painter (c. 1599–1660). French Impressionist Édouard Manet described the Spanish great as “the painter of painters.”
- Ivon Hitchens (3 March 1893 – 29 August 1979). English painter, he is particularly well known for panoramic landscape paintings created from blocks of colour.
- John Olsen, ‘The Spanish Encounter’.
- New Zealand landscape
- Somewhere between the abstract and the figurative
- Paint everyday
- Brett Whiteley, “Painting is an argument between what it looks like and what it means.”