Artist Spotlight #6: Bay The Artist

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The prodigiously talented, Bay The Artist, delves deep into her inner psyche and Polynesian heritage to deliver artworks consisting of delicate lines and vibrant colours leaving a long lasting impression. Find out more about her artistry and influence in COLLAGE’S latest Artist Spotlight.

Q: Hello! Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

A: I’m a contemporary artist living in Adelaide, and I like to use visual art as a means of expression. Some people like to ‘talk things out’; I like to paint it out.

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Q: Who are you inspired by? What inspires your art?

A: I’m inspired by people’s minds, what makes them tick and why. Of course personal experience is a big influence too. My current series “Mind Maps” is inspired by my own dealings with mental health and the influence of my Polynesian heritage.

Q: Do you have a preferred medium?

A: I love working with acrylic paints. I like the way they feel on my hands when I paint and the way the colours move and interact with one another when applied.

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Q: How would you describe your style?

A: Entirely abstract, my works can be displayed hanging from any direction as there is no top or bottom. I leave that decision up to the viewer. The forms are very organic and I try to fill the negative spaces with strong contrasting colours so there is no focal point.

Q: Can you please describe your artistic and creative process i.e.: from lingering idea to putting it onto canvas or paper?

A: It takes me a while to start and when I do it’s kind of like a snow ball effect. I’m terrible at expressing my emotions and I bottle them up quite tightly. When I decide to open that bottle everything pours out and into whatever is in front of me. I paint with my bare hands and love the feel of the paint and seeing each individual colour grow into something brand new right in front of me. The line work I do is very therapeutic and is an important part of the process for me. In a sense I am mapping the forms and trying to navigate my way through the emotion that created them.

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Q: Where do you see your art practice taking you in the next five years?

A: If I continue my practice it will take me deeper into my mind. Who knows what could be lurking in the dark depths of my imagination. I’d like to find out. I think.

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Bay The Artist’s recommended artist, Clara Fialho

Q: If you could recommend one artist, who would it be?

A: I would say Clara Fialho, who I’ve recently discovered. Her works seem to project a certain calm yet curious atmosphere that I really enjoy.

Q: What is your favourite gallery?

A: I love going to the Tate Modern. It’s a multi-sensory experience of old and new art to be challenged and appreciated.

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Q: Where can we find more of your work?

A: Instagram! And i have a website!

Q: What was the last album you listened to?

A: Blackstar by David Bowie.RIP.

-Masya Zabidi

You can see more of her work at The Metro, Unley

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