Little Interview

Every month we ask the same set of questions to someone collaborating with us. Over the last two years, we have interviewed diverse members of the Glucksman community - artists, academics, staff members, guests, audiences and workshop participants. The responses are funny, inspiring, revealing and always a great read.

This month, we feature artist Barbara Knezevic, whose work is currently on display in Gallery 1 as part of Circadian Rhythms: Contemporary art and biological time.

What are you reading?  I'm reading a little bit of a lot of things in a really scattered way all of the time for research purposes, some standouts at the moment are Through Vegetal Being by Luce Irigarary and Michael Marder, Elizabeth Grozs' Chaos Territory Art and Philosophy After Nature edited by Rosi Braidotti and Rick Dolphijn. For leisure I'm reading a biography of Agnes Martin by Nancy Princethal and The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin.

Favourite museum? I remember visiting MOMA in New York for the first time years ago and being absolutely blown away by seeing iconic modernist artworks in person for the first time, things I had only ever seen in books in High School and during my undergraduate degree. More recently I visited the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne and really enjoyed the architecture and depth of the collection there, both of Australian and international artworks.

Best performance? Faust by Anne Imhof at the 2017 Venice Bienalle was a really powerful experience and worth the long queue to see it. I also really enjoyed a recent performance at IMMA of the work of Yvonne Rainer, again, really iconic work by an important figure so it was a great to see it performed in real life.

Most treasured possession? I'm not that really attached to material objects to be honest, I don't feel that sense of treasuring things in that way, even my own artworks. I do feel that way about people though, especially my family and friends, though they're not my possessions but my fellow travellers.

Work(s) of art that inspire you? Too many to fully mention here, but a snapshot of current inspirations in the work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Nairy Baghramian, lots of sculpture of antiquity such as Kritios Boy, and lots of other artists and works that I will remember later on.

Lightbulb moment? Probably the influence of two incredible female Visual Arts teachers, Lauren Broos and Lisa Slade, who taught me in High School in Western Sydney and exposed me and my classmates to modernism and post-modernism, and more importantly taught us that art was foremost about ideas. What they taught me has stayed with me and I think it set me on the path to become an artist.

Guilty pleasure? I can't stop listening to podcasts to go to sleep. I've listened to loads and loads, did some scary crime ones that gave me nightmares but now I'm onto random fact-type documentary podcasts that are less frightening such as Sidedoor by the Smithsonian Institute and the Guardian Long Read, 99% invisible, and Modern Love which is a podcast about well, love in it's many forms, so it's a nice gentle way to finish the day.

What would you like to be doing right now? Swimming in the ocean in Australia.