1) Who is Sally Higgens?
Born in London, Sally developed her career as an emerging artist for three
years in New Zealand before settling in Sydney. She is a young and
exciting painter, one to watch.
2) Explain your current body of work?
The exhibition opening at Sheffer Gallery on 27 June was a body of work
that proved to be a catalyst for her ongoing research into and exploration
of the human condition.
3) If you can pick one artist as an inspiration, who would it be and why?
Picasso, no hesitation. His production was prolific, gutsy and his
conviction and unrelenting passion, experimentation and reinvention are
4) With your own art/art practice, where would you like to be in 10 years?
Producing breathtaking, exciting and challenging work further informed by
literature, poetry, ancient history and diverse cultures. Representing
5) How are you finding the current art market?
It is always hard to be an artist, it’s just the challenges that change.
If this year it is a slow art market, the challenge next year it will be
different. You just have to keep going and keep making work, rising to the
6) Name four things that you cannot do without in your studio?
My ipod nano, a paint encrusted temperamental source of inspiration.
My sketch books, kept since 1998, the pile is three feet tall.
Tea bags, you can take the girl out of London…
7) In the arts is social media helpful or not and why?
Social media is a double edged sword. It is a great leveler and you have
very little control over it. It reduces a visceral and physical
relationship with painting into a flat digital experience limited to your
engagement with a screen.
8) What was the funniest thing you’ve heard someone say about your own work?
The spectrum of responses to my work is a constant source of amusement.
9) What is next on the agenda?
Mourning Chorus (Phoenix) at Sheffer Gallery opens 27 June and is my debut
solo Australian show. Katabasis at Salerno Gallery in Glebe is the
culmination of my Sydney studio work so far. I am really excited about it,
I don’t want to give too much away.
10) What’s is your advise to children who want to be artists?
Draw, it’s the only way to observe.
11) Where can we find more about Sally Higgens?
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