Interview: Artist Theresa Avery
Kerstin | On 04, Aug 2013
Creative Drinks: Teresa, tell (us) a bit about yourself?
Theresa: I am originally a Kiwi. I moved to Adelaide when I was little, Iâ€™ve only been in Brisbane a few years… Iâ€™m a student at Billy Blue studying Communication Design and Iâ€™ve applied in visual arts and things like that.
Creative Drinks: What sort of stuff do you do in that field?
Theresa: I draw. I do a lot of illustration. Photography is my main thing, sort of abstract, a little bit weird and strange. I like the dark, working with the bulb setting and being creative with that.
Creative Drinks: Obviously youâ€™re studying but are you mostly self-taught?
Theresa: Yeah, Iâ€™ve been creative since I was little, a little kid. So I really havenâ€™t stopped drawing. I prefer to draw to talk, instead of read or write.
Creative Drinks: What sort of stuff inspires you?
Theresa: Iâ€™m dyslexic so my brain runs in very different tangents to most people. So a lot of it is subconscious and it just pops into my head. Watching Doctor Who, I like sci-fi and things like that. But I also like the delicate fairies and strange creatures and that sort of thing.
Creative Drinks: Whatâ€™s the end goal?
Theresa: The end goal would be to work in a graphic design firm and pursue my art on the side. And hopefully find an illustration job.
Creative Drinks: Will you be able to stay in Brisbane?
Theresa: Definitely. Itâ€™s seems like graphic design in Brisbane is taking off at the moment and so is the art industry and thatâ€™s primarily why I moved up here.
Creative Drinks: Why did you want to be involved in Creative Drinks specifically?
Theresa: Specifically, it’s a good way to meet people in the industry and be a part of that sort of thing. And get some critiques so that I can learn and go â€œOk, that demographic didnâ€™t like that, how can I change it?â€™ Or if this illustrator comes up and say “I like that, but you could do this or try this…â€ Just to learn and be a part of the industry.
Creative Drinks: When you are drawing, is there a meaning or is it just a feeling?
Theresa: It’s more of a feeling. It’s more how I emote. Iâ€™m not very good with words, so Iâ€™m sure you could read a lot in (my drawings).
Creative Drinks: Obviously youâ€™re inspired by Doctor Who. Are you inspired by other areas of pop culture?
Theresa: I do get a lot of inspiration, even if it’s not directly about that sort of thing, it will spark something else in my head and Iâ€™ll bounce from tangent to tangent. Its a very squiggly line, creativity. It’s not a straight line.
What?Â Young At Art, Hosted by Creative Drinks
When?Â 6pm, 8 August 2013
Where?Â Fringe Bar, Fortitude Valley
How much?Â $15 online
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