Tell us a bit about yourself and your practice.
I’m Tim Meakins, a full-time designer and part-time visual artist. My work revolves around humour and focuses on atypical perceptions of objects and people. Coming from a graphic design background I believe my work bridges the gap between digital practice and traditional art forms.
Why did you enter the FAC Print Award? Is this your first time being part of the award?
I submitted to the FAC Print Award because I’ve always respected the chosen artists and the exhibition as a whole. I’ve never submitted work to any art award before, let alone the Print Award, so this is my first time for a bit of everything. I feel very honoured to be a part of the exhibition alongside a highly talented group of artists.
Tell us about your work in this year’s FAC Print Award?
My work is a woven blanket created from a 3D render and bold typography. The work targets the common misconception of strength and power. This work was on my mind for quite sometime before it was created so it is especially nice to show it on an esteemed stage. It is quite a literal work, hopefully allowing the viewer to have some sort of reflection on the subject.
What do you think about the state of contemporary Australian printmaking?
It’s exciting. Australian artists are challenging the traditional definition of print, pushing the boundaries and exploring new age ways of creating work. I want to be a part of that and push the constructs and create more freely.
What’s up next? Where else can people see your work? (other exhibitions, projects etc.)
I have a show at Cool Change Contemporary titled Low Energy. It opens Friday 6 September and runs for three weeks. The project is very significant to my practice and is in a way connected to my work in the FAC Print award.