The MINI Interview with BIG Exclusive Artist: Tiel Seivl-Keevers

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Name: Tiel Seivl-Keevers
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Website: tielseivlkeevers.tumblr.com

Our location and environment is often a huge influence on how we respond visually within our art practice. The things around us subconsciously seep into our everyday. I am interested in how your location affects you. Talk about where you live and what you love about your place and how you think it might influence how you create work? Do you have an ideal place you wish you could escape to for art making?

Nature and my surroundings are a huge influence on my work. It’s funny because I’m really an indoor type, but I love being amongst flora and fauna. I’m forever collecting and have many a dead flower around me.
We recently moved into a house that is close to the Brisbane River. From my home studio, which I must add is just a corner in a very large room at the moment until we do some renovations, I have a fantastic outlook. The brown murky water filters through the Gum, Jacaranda and Poinciana trees. All day long I listen and watch the birds come and go. Magpies, Currawongs, Spangled Drongos, Rainbow Lorikeets, Kookaburras and Cockatoos. There’s a real essence of Australia right at my footstep that most locals can take for granted.
What I love about all this is that if is forever changing with the seasons. I’m not creating new or world beating themes in my work. I’m not an artist who needs to portray a message but rather one who loves to capture the moment. I keep it simple and try to reflect how changes and environment impact on my emotions. I have a real love of colour and texture and focus on the details of plant life, their structure and architecture. Mostly I take just one found object and explore all its details. The lines, the patterns fascinate me. I like capturing shapes as if they are portholes or windows I’m looking through. I love the land but I’m also drawn to the mysteries of ocean plant life and often create images of coral. Recent trips to Asia have given me access to some truly beautiful forms found on the beach.

One of my favorite places to visit right now is Northern New South Wales. It’s only one to two hours drive away from home and there are so many variations in landscape to explore. The Great Dividing Range offers some amazing, lush, green rainforests and farming land whilst the beaches offer an entirely different scene. I especially love the sand dunes. Ideally I would love to own an old beach shack we could visit on weekends. The kids could play in the water and I could paint.

Thanks so much! – Kelly

Tiel Seivl-Keevers Print 1, Wishing Stones Blue

Tiel Seivl-Keevers Print 2, Seed Pod Banksia

2 comments

1 Ellie - petalplumNo Gravatar { 11.28.11 at 2:35 am }

Oh, I love Tiel’s work so much. She has a beautiful and unique insight into her surroundings. I happen to live in Northern NSW, so I know the amazing landscapes (both big and small) that she’s talking about.

Thanks for this little mini interview.

2 Lari washburnNo Gravatar { 12.01.11 at 1:41 pm }

It’s fun to read what inspires Tiel’s work. I love her aesthetic!

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