Artist Inquisition: Ria Green
Another day, another creative human to chat to. This week we're catching up with Ria Green who has just published the photography based book HALF/LIGHT. Along with contributions from Jeremy Bakker, Clare Humphries and others. HALF/LIGHT is an exhibition and artist book, launching on Thursday 23rd March 6-8pm at Junior Space, Fitzroy.
Tell us a little about yourself & your work
My name is Ria and I’m an artist, I have been practicing for a little over 15 years now and currently work in a delightful studio space in Northcote.
My work examines moments of wonderment found in the beauty of the natural world and built environment. My work explores the possibilities of representation, re-presentation through the use of various materials. I’m currently working with found objects, porcelain clay, oil paints, installation and photography to translate and construct the essence of my experiences of awe into a visual language.
Recent body of work titled HALF/LIGHT looks at these ideas or wonderment and awe primarily through the observed and photographed landscape.
What’s your favourite animal?
That’s an easy one. My adorably ridiculous cat, Yeezy.
How did you first get involved in art?
I’m not sure I ever wasn’t involved with art. I’ve been making art informally or formally my whole life. For me it’s always been a way of seeing and understanding the world.
How did this book come to be? What was the process behind it?
This book has been in the making for some time, maybe three years now. Once I understood what the work needed to convey I have been collecting images, developing the layout and refining ever since.
Once the imagery came together I was lucky enough to have two amazing artist, Jeremy Bakker and Clare Humphries, contribute writing pieces for the book. These written pieces are short narrative works that respond to the imagery.
How does living and working in Melbourne influence your work?
My work is about the experiences of wonderment and awe found in the natural world and built environment, so place has a big influence on my work. Melbourne and more broadly Victoria provide many opportunities for these experiences. The mighty Yarra River at dusk, for example, provides the opening and closing moments in the artist book HALF/LIGHT.
Who or what do you turn to for inspiration on days when creativity just isn’t flowing?
When this happens it usually means I need an Earl Grey tea and a chat with a studio neighbour, I find this almost always helps.
What is your favourite piece of art of yours and why?
That’s a hard one, this changes all the time depending on what I’m thinking about. Its usually a work that isn’t quite finished but is going well, something that holds energy.
Who’s your favourite artist?
To name one would be impossible. The best I can offer is at moment I am looking at wonderful Sally Gabori, Olafur Eliasson and Gerhard Richter.
What's your plan for this year?
Hopefully a lot more time in the studio developing work for another solo exhibition I have coming up at Mailbox Art Space in June. Later in the year I’ll be working on some new ideas that currently only exist as vague notes in my notebook.
What was the last really weird dream you had?
I usually dream quite a lot but I have had a whole lot of jet lag this week so it’s been wide awake at 3am or total black out sleeping for me. Hopefully I’m back to normal soon.
HALF/LIGHT is an exhibition and artist book, launching on Thursday 23rd March 6-8pm at Junior Space, Fitzroy.
--- Words: Julia Howland Images: Courtesy of Ria Green & Mia Mala McDonald