Using wild colours and loose lines, Verity Nunan weaves conversations and stories she’s undertaken with people living in the bush throughout her works – inviting us to consider the concept of ‘home’ not as any formal, physical structure, but instead as the intangible sense of belonging in a place.
What medium(s) do you work with, and why have you chosen them?
I work with acrylic pens or oil sticks, it changes but I am always attracted to mediums that allow me to draw my paintings. Immediacy is very important to me. I like getting down the idea fast in the most direct way possible so pens and sticks are fun in that sense. They keep it fresh.
How do you keep your creative juices flowing? How do you push past creative block?
I find a wild place, in the bush or the sea, clear my brain out and start again.
Can you elaborate a little more on your making process — how does your artwork get from initial concept to exhibition stage?
A healthy process is more important to me than the final outcome. To make art is to be in a state of mind. Somewhere that lies between trust, surrender and confidence. A place that's less about rational and more about intuition. The more time I spend in this space, the more convincing the work is to me at the end.
How does where you grew up, or where you live now affect your art?
I grew up in China, spending almost a decade of my childhood in a different culture. I guess my interest in the human condition began here. Humans are usually the centre of my pieces, we are so incredible and so devastating at the same time.
Who would your dream collaboration be with, and why?
Irene Entata because she's a true story teller.
Home without a House by Verity Nunan will be exhibited at Brunswick Street Gallery in our Top Floor Gallery and Ground Floor Gallery from 1 – 14 May.