Maudie Osborne is a a Melbourne based visual artist. Taking visual cues from Bauhaus, modernism and constructivist art, she works mostly in collage and mixed media and incorporates elements of photography and film into her work. She is currently exhibiting her pieces at our favourite quirky in.cube8r gallery in Fitzroy.
Interview conducted by Elle-May Michael, boss at in.cube8r gallery.
Can you start by telling us a bit about your art?
I’m a multi-disciplinary artist who mainly specialize in collage. I work with cut and paste, acrylic and occasionally digital formats, sculptire and video art. A lot of the stuff I’ve collected over the years I’ve kept in little plastic folders, things I’ve cut out from magazines since I was 12, so in that regard, it’s probably been many years of process!
How much time do you spend on your arts practice?
I’m still a student at University, so I don’t always have free time to commit to my craft. I usually try and commit to it whenever I have free time, mostly on weekends or during the week after Uni. In terms of hours it depends, sometimes it can be 2 hours, sometimes 5 or 6. Aside from that, I work part time in retail. A nightmare.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background and what inspires your art?
A couple of years ago, I became incredibly disillusioned with a lot of practices I was seeing online, mainly to do with photography in fashion magazines as well as the current socio-economic climate. I used to be a very committed activist on the left in Melbourne for a couple of years, so my political alliances/ beliefs certainly insight and reflect much of my work. I’m a socialist and anti-capitalist, and thought it would be an interesting thing to convey my politics into something creatively stimulating and accessible to people all over the world.
Without sounding too pretentious, I’m really inspired by a lot of the stuff I see online. Platforms like Instagram and Facebook have enabled me to reach out and collaborate with people from all over the world. I’m also really interested in this idea of having a public platform that is carefully curated and does enable accessibility to the masses. People really embrace that too. It’s awesome and interesting to witness how people respond and react to the world in the era of the digital age. Social media itself is so multi-faceted and diverse and seeing how artists have either totally embraced it or totally rejected it, I find to be really interesting.
I’m also inspired mainly by my friends, teachers, activists, artists as well as the Dada, Constructivist and Bauhaus movements. Film is probably my biggest influence… filmmakers like Chantal Akerman, Chris Marker, Kubrick…. I love those guys. And Matisse! I love Matisse!
As a child, what did you aspire to be when you “grew up”?
Initially I wanted to be Gene Kelly, then I wanted to be a writer, and eventually a filmmaker. I’m still pretty sentimental about fulfilling those childhood dreams (I don’t know how the Gene Kelly part would go down though now….)
Who rocks your boat? Tell us some of your favourite things & favourite people?
I also really love M.I.A. and how totally unapologetic she is. She’s so cool and innovative, I wish more people would embrace her and how progressive she is – there’s no one out there like her. One of my favourite books is ‘The Stranger’ by Camus – fuckin’ love that book. I really love music, I work in music retail, some of my favourite bands include Throbbing Gristle, HTRK, A Tribe Called Quest and Funkadelic. I love Susumu Yokota and Siouxsie Sioux, and soundtracks! I’m a sucker for a good soundtrack. I’m an avid filmgoer, but two of my favourite films that immediately pop to mind are ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Paris, Texas’. ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ has been one of my favourite films since I was a little kid.
What’s next for Maudie?
To be perfectly honest, I really don’t know. At the moment, I’m just really excited to have a space where I can exhibit my work for all my friends and family to see.
What appealed to you about in.cube8r’s exhibition space?
I decided to host my first solo show at in.cube8r gallery because the gallery itself is accessible to the general public. Plus it features a lot of works from student artists which I really love. I hope that as a participant, I’m able to share my work with the general public outside of social media platforms. That’s something I’m really looking forward to. People seeing my work in the flesh!
Where else can we find Maudie around town & the web?
I’m on Instagram! I’m a slut for the ‘gram, I love it you can find me as @the_flowersofromance on there. I also have a Facebook page, however I’m far more active on Instagram than I am on other social media platforms.
The Flowers of Romance – Maudie Osborne
321 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Closing 15th May 2018 and all works are available for sale. The full online catalogue can be found HERE.
Interview courtesy of Elle-May Michael, in.cuber8r gallery.
Feature Image Credit: Maudie Osborne Facebook Page