A World of One's Own

A series of conversations with women and non-binary artists, hosted by Tai Snaith.

With a nod to Virginia Woolf’s essay ‘A Room of One’s Own’ from 1929, artist Tai Snaith has conducted a series of conversations with mid-career and emerging women and non-binary artists whom she admires. These relaxed, colloquial exchanges explore shifts and similarities that artists face in their lives and artistic practices. Together, they attempt to break down the how and why of making art. They look at physical processes and how they relate, not only to outcomes, but also connect to the unconscious or non-visual parallels and needs in our lives. Notions such as self-doubt, control, meaning, shame, risk, parenthood and radicalism are some of the rich topics covered. The work is part of an ongoing project which began in 2017 at ACCA and this year sees Snaith using these sessions as a springboard or starting point for further studio-based work, of which the first iteration was shown recently at Sarah Scout Presents. This project is supported by The Australia Council for the Arts.

How does being a teacher affect your art practice? How can an artist successfully engage with an institution’s collection? How do we create our own opportunities and categories? What does it mean to trust your gut?

For this final episode of the second series, Tai and Meredith discuss a broad range of topics around what it means to have a multifaceted, self-driven and supported practice. They share their love and importance of championing OTHER artists - what it means to not be a curator but to keep curatorial skills as part of your practice. Once again the notions of collapsing the boundaries between traditional notions of craft, ornament and art are highlighted and celebrated. Meredith praises the approachability of jewellery and the way it acts as a continuation of dialogue around ideas of genre, discipline and material values.
Together they question what ‘achieving’ and ‘professionalism’ really mean. Finally, the importance of looking back, taking stock of our practices; recognising what we have overcome and achieved and really asking which direction we want to take next.
Links, more episodes, and information about A World of One’s Own, at taisnaith.com/podcast
Audio production: Bec Fary
Theme music: ‘End of the Day’ by Phia www.listentophia.com

What roles can social politics and social media play in driving an art practice? What role do beauty and aesthetic boundaries play in art today? How can these things interrelate?
Tai and Rowan delve down the rabbit hole of creating fictions around ideas and images of self and others, creating characters and narratives to open up ideas of social inclusiveness and empathy. Rowan outlines how we should keep making these fictions despite the despair around us. How does marketing affect our image of ourselves? What roles or characters do we play in social media? And what role do we play in the art world? Is it all a play? Rowan refreshingly discusses how she can foresee parts of her practice ‘shedding’ and talks frankly about choosing the path with the most flexibility of being open with herself. We also discuss Casting as a medium, playing the ‘art system game’ and her plans of moving into ‘Aquarian frequencies and taking down the government’.
Links, more episodes, and information about A World of One’s Own, at taisnaith.com/podcast
Audio production: Bec Fary
Theme music: ‘End of the Day’ by Phia www.listentophia.com

How important is it to connect with a place that is part of your history? What are your responsibilities to make work for ‘your people’ as well as an art audience?
Tai and Megan discuss what it means to move back to work ‘on country’ as a contemporary Indigenous artist. They unpack the complexities of relating to a place and its people, and how that might inform your work in a number of different ways. Megan talks about her involvement with proppaNOW and various travels from the bush to the city, overseas and now back to her father’s country on Quandamooka land. She sheds light on her passion for Middens and how they function in Indigenous culture, and their history as one of the earliest forms of architecture in the landscape.
Links, more episodes, and information about A World of One’s Own, at taisnaith.com/podcast
Audio production: Bec Fary
Theme music: ‘End of the Day’ by Phia www.listentophia.com

What does it mean to make artwork with a social consciousness?How do we represent our politics through what we wear?
Tai and Kate discuss the way that clothes, like skin, can carry a multitude of meanings, stories and histories to make up who we are. Kate talks about using other artists' clothes as the palette or starting point for constructing her current portraits. Our conversation outlines Kate’s very real motives for making change within the art institution to make it a more diverse and balanced community and the capacity that each of us have to work together to achieve change.
Links, more episodes, and information about A World of One’s Own, at taisnaith.com/podcast
Audio production: Bec Fary
Theme music: ‘End of the Day’ by Phia www.listentophia.com

How can we make traces of suffering into visual poetry? How do we map emotional data?
Tai and Stan talk about the different ways we can make our art practice meaningful to our lives, and the lives of others. They discuss how Stan has managed to include travel, meeting people, tattooing and even beekeeping as integral parts of her practice. She explains her deeply thoughtful process of ‘data mapping’ and how it relates to her tattooing practice via shared modes of intimacy, trust, intensity and visual economy or minimalist language. We discuss the long-practiced traditions of making and wearing decorative motifs on the body and the utopian idea of exchanging honey and art and ideas in place of money.
Links, more episodes, and information about A World of One’s Own, at taisnaith.com/podcast
Audio production: Bec Fary
Theme music: ‘End of the Day’ by Phia www.listentophia.com