Insights from artist Michaela Gleave

Meet Michaela Gleave, a lauded contemporary artist based in Sydney who exhibits across Australia and internationally. She is ever-inspiring and ingenious at realising her creative ideas, and balancing her business and arts priorities.

Michaela creates some incredible art experiences, across digital and online, installation and performance, photography, sculpture and video practices.

I'm thrilled to have spoken with Michaela about her practice and her business. She shares some insights about her approach to strategy and managing time, being brave in business and true to your own practice, and making work solo and in collaboration with others.

Over the years, I've been so fortunate to work together with Michaela and to enjoy some creative adventures (like running Firstdraft gallery, sharing studios and co-creating exhibitions). 

A Galaxy of Suns,  2016, Michaela Gleave in collaboration with Amanda Cole and Warren Armstrong. 36-part choral performance, smart phone app, lighting program. Choir: singers from Gurt Lush and Bristol MAN Chorus Location: Staple Hill Tunnel, Bristol UK, as part of the  2016 Bristol Biennial: In Other Worlds.  Photography by Roser Diaz and Paul Samuel White, video by Artur Tixiliski, with sound by Jonny Pryor. Project website: www.agalaxyofsuns.net

A Galaxy of Suns, 2016, Michaela Gleave in collaboration with Amanda Cole and Warren Armstrong. 36-part choral performance, smart phone app, lighting program. Choir: singers from Gurt Lush and Bristol MAN Chorus Location: Staple Hill Tunnel, Bristol UK, as part of the 2016 Bristol Biennial: In Other Worlds. Photography by Roser Diaz and Paul Samuel White, video by Artur Tixiliski, with sound by Jonny Pryor. Project website: www.agalaxyofsuns.net

During this interview, Michaela was preparing A Galaxy of Suns to be presented at the 2018 Melbourne Festival. She collaborated with artists Amanda Cole and Warren Armstrong, and with astronomer Dr Michael Fitzgerald and a 36-part choir to sing the stars as they rise and set over the horizon. If you couldn't make it to the live performance, you can also experience the artwork via the app!

I've featured a few of Michaela's artworks here and you can find lots more on her website www.michaelagleave.com.

Thanks Michaela for this great interview and looking forward to next experience your creations!

Fear Eats the Soul,   2016, Michaela Gleave. LED signage, custom computer program, irrigation misters, scaffolding  20m x 11m x 3m, 5 minute 'electrical glitch' loop.  Commissioned by the 2016 Dark Mofo festival, Tasmania. Photographs: 1 Rémi Chauvin, 2-5 Lucy Parakhina.

Fear Eats the Soul,  2016, Michaela Gleave. LED signage, custom computer program, irrigation misters, scaffolding  20m x 11m x 3m, 5 minute 'electrical glitch' loop.  Commissioned by the 2016 Dark Mofo festival, Tasmania. Photographs: 1 Rémi Chauvin, 2-5 Lucy Parakhina.

Cloud Field (Föhn Bank) , 2015, Michaela Gleave. Installation view: Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane. Timber, plasterboard, water, ultrasonic misting units, water distribution system, lighting.

Cloud Field (Föhn Bank), 2015, Michaela Gleave. Installation view: Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane. Timber, plasterboard, water, ultrasonic misting units, water distribution system, lighting.


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