Meet local artist: Delta Venus
Recently, we had the pleasure of chatting to local artist Delta Venus about her life, art and inspirations. Working across paint, sculpture and digital mediums as well as poetry, her work is a glorious collection of abstract shapes, textures and colours that fill you with a sense of calm, warmth and mysticism.
Tell us how you got started – was creating art always something you’ve loved?
Almost one year ago to this day my creative energy started cumulating for the first time in colours, textures and shapes. I had always created in some format, poetry, sculpting, design - but this was the first time I felt the urge to put a paintbrush to a surface and see what happened.
You work across so many mediums – what’s the method behind this?
By trade, I am a digital designer and spend a lot of time in front of a screen. To counter my screen time I always try to spend as much time as possible creating things physically using my hands. I feel a real magic inside of me that wants to come out and I allow it to come out in whatever format it chooses. To some degree the medium is irrelevant to me, the message is what is most important - the magic.
What inspires and influences your work?
I am inspired by everything. It can be really overwhelming at times because of the way inspiration translates in my mind. I can be inspired by a cluster of plants in a garden all the way through to an old Western movie or the taste of a particular set of spices. I think the real secret to creating as part of your daily routine, rather than when you feel a sudden surge of inspiration, is to make everything your muse, to find wonder in even the smallest things.
What artists inspire you?
Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Jean Arp, Picasso, Matisse, Basquiat!
What does a typical day look like for you?
I freelance full time and have done so for the past 4 years or so. Each day is different and I have truly lost a sense of weekdays and weekends. I'm endlessly grateful for being able to spend my days creating and doing what I love.
What are your future plans/dreams/goals for Delta Venus?
My book of poems, Harvesting the Heart, is due for release early next year. I am currently in the print process and have collaborated with an exceptionally talented artist from Sydney, Radha Deva, for the imagery in the book. I am also working towards a few more exhibitions in Sydney and Brisbane in 2019. I have some grand plans at the moment for projects that are a little bigger than I am comfortable with so it will be interesting to watch how these manifest over the coming months.
What do you listen to while you’re working?
Music is a huge inspiration for me, a medium with a huge influence over my work. I listen to any type of genre you could imagine through to podcasts, eBooks, 1920's Disney soundtracks, whatever really! I listen to delta frequencies, experimental noise, the sound of rolling waves.
Dream holiday destination?
The current top of my list is the Yucatan region in Mexico. Egypt was the top of my list before this and I could not recommend going there more. It was a life-changing experience for me. My homecoming.
Most treasured item?
I try not to get too attached to items anymore. I have a bit of an obsession with collecting Gremlins toys and figurines. A dear friend of my gifted me a vintage Mogwai in a race car toy before he passed away a few years ago. It seems to be one of the only things I can imagine having difficulty letting go of.
Favourite things to do when you’re not making art?
Exploring nature, swimming in the ocean, laughing with my loved ones, getting lost in my imagination!
Follow Delta at @deltavenus