Jan Williams

Born in: 1958, New Zealand
Lives in: Not far from Brisbane, Australia.
Describe your art in three words: That's too hard!
Discipline: Sculpture
Education: Diploma of Fine Art. Brisbane College of Art. BFA, Hobart University
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Traveling to Asgard - Polyester and Fiberglass 44 x 49 x 35 cm

"The title 'Leaving for Asgard' needs to be explained. Asgard is the place pre-Christian Norwegians went to when they died. When my Norwegian mother Berit died 3 years ago and as she was not particularly religious, my family decided to send her there. She is clad in the poem my sister wrote for her farewell service, and her body travels laterally to the earthbound Asgard."

What themes does your work involve?
My theme is simply about life, all life, including death. My sculptures are about small bits of life, like people I know or those I may see when I'm out shopping or on the public transport, or they can be about the natural environment around my house in the bush.
Describe your creative process.
My initial inspiration sometimes come from looking and working from other artists ideas. The thought process is usually slow , developing and turning over in my head for quite a long time. Once I've begun modelling in plastercine, the process is still slow, changing, fine tuning, and sometimes restarting. Eventually I consider it complete and mostly it will still resemble the origional idea. The plastercine model will be plaster waste molded and a mix of polyester-fibreglass mixed with powdered iron is then painted into the mold parts. The molded parts are joined together and when cured the plaster mold is carefully broken away from the polyester figure. The cleaned up, figure will be soaked in salty water until a rust patina is established. It is then dried and sealed with a varnish.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I became an artist naturally because most of my family are artists or are otherwise connected to the visual arts. Art is naturally part of my life.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I think good art speaks to me, great art speaks to everyone.
What is the role of the artist today?
The role of todays artists don't concern me. I create my art for myself only.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist