Luisa Rossitto is a Brisbane artist that creates such beautiful, unique work that you can get lost staring into them. If you’re not familiar with her work, check our her site, read her lovely interview and scroll down to look at the lovely images of her studio captured by Joanne Thies of I love Saturdays.
What inspires you to create art?
The continuation of a long running inner dialogue that’s difficult and challenging but satisfying.
Are you a full-time artist? How often are you in your studio?
I’m part-time in my studio, but full-time as far as my head space is concerned- I’m always anxious to return to my work. If I’m working on a show, I’ll be in my studio everyday for at least a few hours. Home becomes a place I go only to sleep and shower- if I keep mixing up my house key and my studio key I know I’m working at full capacity.
How would you describe you art?
”Drawings coloured in”. I like drawing, and I like colour, but I know I’m not a real painter- I don’t engage with and obsess over the medium of paint like a real painter would. The paint is a means to an end- making the drawings colourful. I like that this is a rather subversive, dismissive way to think about painting.
There’s so much going on in your artworks, it reminds me of a dream. Do you have bizarre dreams?
Yes! I do find that I have some of my best ideas in that tiny window just before sleep, where your brain is shifting gears and sliding into subconsciousness. When I’m working hard on a show, this is often the time when I find a solution to a problem- I have to have a pen and paper by the bed. I drew a pineapple under hypnosis once- this I did end up using in a finished work.
What are your materials of choice?
To draw in my journal, or write in my diary, it must be a 0.4mm black artline. I like sketching with a 0.5mm pacer- I like the preciseness of this, a complete antithesis to trying to render drawings with charcoal contour lines like you’re taught to in a standard drawing class. I paint with watercolour, the wussiest of all mediums, and I like to even further degrade it’s “paintiness” by using a liberal amount of water. I always paint on paper. Every choice I make with my materials seems to be politically aligned subtly against the cannon of art history- carefully blended works in oil on canvas.
Do you stick to a schedule when you’re creating your artworks? Are you a night owl or an early riser?
If I’m on a deadline I must make myself go to the studio everyday- hungover, sick, tired, whatever. Even if I go in there and struggle to achieve anything, and spend more time staring at the wall or sleeping on the floor, I must make myself go even for the small progress I will make just by being there. I’m slowly learning to be more of a morning person, but I find my best hours working are at night.
Is there any music in particular that you listen to when you’re making art?
Not particularly, but if it’s late at night and I’m on a deadline it needs to be loud and angry, maybe metal or gansta rap. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, podcasts and documentaries while I’m painting as this part is more repetitive.I’ve listened to a lot of stuff I wouldn’t normally choose, mostly out of desperation, but to this day the only audiobook I’ve had to turn off was Bryce Courtney’s “Syliva”.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I’m working on some smaller works for an upcoming event at Ryan Renshaw Gallery and working on some larger pieces for my 2012 solo show at Helen Gory Gallerie.
What do you think about the art scene in Brisbane?
It’s much more diverse than a snob from down south might expect- I’m proud of Brisbane and I was tickled to read that Goma is Australia’s most visited public art gallery earlier this year in the paper. I enjoy it as a spectator, but I don’t enjoy it as a practitioner. I’m not really someone to attempt strategic conversations at openings, or even someone who enjoys my own openings.
Where are your favourite places in Brisbane?
The botanical gardens and new farm park, sitting on public transport, the Brunswick Hotel, the Queensland Museum, any seven eleven I can get a can of chrysanthemum tea, Brisbane square library, perving on clothes in Gorman I can’t afford, the regent theatre assuming it miraculously reopens and Jan Powers farmers market.