Artist Inquisition: Phoebe Wynne

Nobody expects the Artist Inquisition! Well, that's not entirely true, most of our artists anticipate their questionnaire as soon as they open up their email and see the subject heading 'Artist Inquisition for Melbourne Arts Club, omg pls complete lol!!!1!' waiting for them. Anyway! Before you know it our annual group photography show SHOOT V2 is going to kick off, and to celebrate we asked one of the featured photographers Ms Phoebe Wynne (or PEEWIN as we like to call her, usually right before she politely asks us to leave her alone) to answer some questions about her work and life and other such things.

1. Tell us a little about why you've chosen to participate in SHOOT V2 at Melbourne Arts Club?

I love group exhibitions: they’re a great way to be introduced to new artists and discover work that you may not have a chance to see otherwise.

Currarong, 2016

2. How did you first get involved in art - were you one of those little kids who always loved being creative, or is it something that came later?

I’ve always been fairly dreamy: as a kid this manifested in lots of terrible short stories but I turned to photography as I got older. I studied photography straight out of high school but I didn’t like the commercial aspect of it and ended up putting the camera away for years but after buying myself a nice camera before an overseas trip I rediscovered it. I’ve always been obsessed with documenting and recording my life and I treat photography as a kind of diary.

3. Where do you make your art, and how long is the process for you? Is it a slow burn and you find yourself working on pieces over a long period of time, or when inspiration strikes, it's all done and dusted relatively quickly?

I always have at least one camera on me so I guess it’s a very long work in progress. My style of photography is documentary and so I guess it’s a very long and ongoing process! I try and take at least one photo every day.

4. How does living and working in Melbourne influence your work?

Thanks to places like Hillvale, the IPF, MAC and the CCP we have a very rich independent photography community in Melbourne. I’ve discovered so many amazing local photographers through these institutions.

5. Who or what do you turn to for inspiration on days when creativity just isn’t flowing?

Instagram or Tumblr usually! Some of my go-tos for inspiration are Samuel Davison, Ryan Kenny, Sarah Pannell and Luke Byrne.

6. What is your favourite artwork of yours and why?

My favourite artwork is California, 2015 which won the street photography prize at the CCP last year. It was taken with a cheap camera while on holiday last year in LA. I think it looks pretty cool.

"..." Winner of the 'Best Street Photography' award, CCP Salon, 2015.

7. What is your favourite artwork of someone else’s, and why?

Too many to name! I’m pretty obsessed with Robert Frank’s The Americans right now.

8. Is there an artwork in this exhibition that you’re most proud of, or one that has a particularly interesting or funny backstory?

I’ve only got one piece in this group show: it’s a shot of the Tasman Sea from the top of the cliffs on the South Coast NSW. I had to crawl through a cave to get that shot but I think it was worth it.

9. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

Always have a camera on you! You never know when the next best shot is coming from.

10. What question do you wish we'd asked you, and what would your answer have been?

I wish you’d asked me about cameras. I’m such a gear nerd.



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