Lost Children Found: Lish Barraud

Words - Rebecca Mery Photos - Evan Mery

Lish Barraud is one talented lady. She was also a featured artist in the Melbourne Arts Club pop-up gallery at the Lost Children Found Melbourne Music Week Event over the weekend. Rebecca Mery asked Lish a few questions to get more info on this super talented emerging artist.


What have you done so far today?

I made it to work, I had a beer, I stretched some canvas, I ate some ramen. In that very order.

What inspires you?

Scaffolding, construction sites, neatly stacked boxes, humans, abstract expressionism, over sized things.


How is the Bachelor of Fine Arts treating you?

It’s a love/hate relationship, most of the time it’s a ball, but who doesn’t complain about studying. I have to remind my self that it’s art school and art school is a playground!

You say you have a ‘fascination in all things people’. What attracts you to ‘flesh, form and face’?

The way a face can hide and show so much, same goes for the flesh factor, finding interesting organic and even inorganic colours through such delicate layers or reflection. I like the idea of an amorphous form, a ‘thing’ that has no real purpose but transforms into any number of things depending on where and how you view it.



You’re participating in Lost Children Found – anything else you’ll be checking out at Melbourne Music Week?

Most importantly my very good friends installation in the hub, ‘The Cyclopes exclusive Melbourne video series’, Dr Drunks and Secret Circuit, and Cale Sexton with Kangaroo Skull

What’s the last album or musical act you binge-listened to?

Recent studio ventures have taken me to Ennio Morricone, Erik Satie, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band’s ‘Safe as Milk’ and a whole lot of heavy techno on repeat, an odd combo but good rhythm making!


You work in both painting and sculpture, do you feel you get different types of gratification from the two mediums?

The two side by side. The sculptures or objects inform the paintings and vice-versa.

Do you have a daily creative routine you stick to?

I love the idea of one, but it never seems to last too long


If you weren't creating art, what would you be doing?

I think about this a lot, and I’m not sold on anything in particular. Maybe I’d be a tradie!

A fight to the death; would you rather take on 30 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?

One hundred percent a horse sized duck.




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