You’ve worked with both the restraints of office life and the freedom of freelance. What are the main challenges you face now, making a living as a solo creative?
I had always maintained a job, as I thought surviving as an artist was too difficult. But since 2018, I have been completely self-employed and I don’t think I will ever go back. I am really big on experience though. I think in order to have an opinion on something you need experience to validate it. I certainly don’t regret my life in the office, it was fun and gave me some security as I was still trying to figure out who I was. Working as a full-time artist has its highs and lows, and to be honest, there are probably more lows than highs - but those lows are definitely worth the highs when they come around. I’m able to create my own schedules as well, so when jobs come up that require me to be away for days, or even weeks on end, it makes it possible, as I felt that was something that really capped some opportunities when I was working.
If you could hang your hat on one piece you created, or project you were involved with, what would it be? Something that you were really proud of?
I’d like to hang my hat on everything I’ve done so far. I think we move at such a fast pace that we fail to recognise some of our greatest achievements. I have been doing a lot reflecting lately and realised that I have been a part of some incredible projects and really historical things that I don’t give myself enough credit for.
Just recently, myself and the TMD crew were given the opportunity to put on an incredible experiential exhibition, for the duration of 5 months, at the Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt. It was 2 years in the making and a year of planning. When it came to installing the show, it was hard to be overwhelmed as it had been in my head for a year and it looked exactly how we had planned it. Only recently I have been reflecting on it by watching videos, looking at photos and reading reviews. I had to take a moment to congratulate myself and my team as we actually created history with this show. We honoured our past and we laid down foundations for the future.