The wonderful Melissa Bates was rendered (almost) speechless for the first time since I’ve known her when she discussed her incredible creative process at the Gold Coast Arts Centre After Dark Program. Ten diverse and fascinating artists discussed their inspirations, motivations, technique and musical taste this month at the Pecha Kucha style event to celebrate the Border Art Prize. Each artist spoke for 5 minutes and displayed 5 works. From Melissa Bates demonstrating how she cuts and peels out her artwork from life, to Eric Green serenading us, it was an enlightening and entertaining night. Gert Geyer’s flamboyant gummy bear hurling technique kept the audience on their toes, and all in all there wasn’t much that wasn’t discussed and explored. We heard about multimedia, sculpture, photography, mural painting, causing traffic confusion and how to start up a bookie joint in London while keeping your nose clean. Congratulations Melissa – it was wonderful to see you presenting with this fabulous crew of artists and innovators.
See more of Melissa’s work here.