An Art Chat with Jo Dalgety
- What is your preferred medium and why?
Watercolour, charcoal and oil – they seem real to me. I seem to be able to play with them in a way that I can’t with acrylic.
- How would you describe your workk?
Abstract landscapes, although the paintings are less about the land and more about the people who occupy or occupied it.
- When inspiration hits how do you channel that into your work, what’s the process?
I write down ideas and notes and then I revisit and photograph the actual place or area. Alternatively, I may visit the place and take photographs, keeping them for later work. I reference the notes and the photographs, but the results are abstracted.
- What inspires you generally?
- Memories of people and time spent in a place.
- Where did you get the inspiration from for this particular piece?
‘There is yellow gold red and mauve in the sky’ – a watercolour and charcoal on paper. Inspired by sunsets and memories from the family farm at Hikuai. The title comes from a poem by James K Baxter.
- Can you remember one of the first things you created? What makes it memorable?
Copying a picture of a penguin when I was very young - I doubt if it was memorable!
- What, in your opinion, is the hardest step in creating a masterpiece?
Coping with the ups and downs of making work.
- Tell me a little bit about your relationship with art and being creative?
I couldn’t do without art or being creative. A must for me.
- Which artists do you admire, past and present? Why? What draws you to their work?
Hard to pick in particular. Gretchen Albrecht and Helen Frankenthaler – for their use of colour and their expressiveness with paint.
- What are you working on at the moment?
A series of smaller watercolour and charcoal works on paper about ‘leaving’.
- How do you know when a work is finished?
When is ‘sings’ to me! Most of them don’t do that. I love working small and on paper – it gives you a freedom to throw those that don’t sing away.
- Do you have any claims to fame? Awards? Related to a celebrity?
This year I was a finalist in the 2014 Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award, and two of my works were selected for the NorthArt Members' Mid-year Exhibition, the selector was Tim Melville from Tim Melville Gallery.
- Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
- Other than creating art you seem to be involved in the art world generally – tell me a bit about what other artistic endeavors you’re involved in (e.g. blog etc).
I am currently studying for a BA in Art History at Auckland University, and I also blog about my art and travel experiences. I am part of a shared studio space with eight other artists in Three Kings Auckland.
- Tell me something you like about The Little Gallery in Tairua and why you chose to display your work there.
It’s in my home territory of the Coromandel and I love that there is a good gallery there, plus the gorgeous Sarah Holden!
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