If you’ve been to the HOTA Gallery recently, you would have been delighted by the ever-pink and cutest set up in the Children’s Gallery of the epic $60.5 million building. Named ‘Dumpling Dreams‘, this exhibition is the handy work of the Brisbane-based artist, YEAHYEAHCHLOE, and encourages kids (and adults) of all ages to let their imagination run wild. Running until Monday 18th April 2022 this epic exhibition is guaranteed to make your heart sing. So while the exhibition is running, we spoke to YEAHYEAHCHLOE, and got to know her artistic process and what’s on the horizon for the mover and shaker.
What do you love the most about the Gold Coast?
It’s amazing natural landscape.
Tell us a bit about you.
I’m an artist currently based in Brisbane and I work across digital, painting and sculpture. I studied art at university but didn’t really follow it through at first, it wasn’t until I started playing with digital mediums in 2016 that I started taking my practice a bit more seriously. Initially, I grew my community through Instagram, and it all launched off from there for me.
What do you love the most about being creative?
It allows me to connect to the world around me.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My work is an extension of my own lived experiences – the connections I make, my experiences, how I feel and the people I meet along the way.
Explain to us the process you go through when creating a piece of work.
I will usually start off digitally sketching out ideas and concepts on the iPad and then go in and lay down linework and colours. From there, sometimes the work will be finished and sometimes I go on to develop it further – into a painting or an animation or a sculpture.
What is your favourite piece of art you have ever created and why?
I don’t really feel like I have favourites – they are all my children. Some have more of a personal connection for me but usually, I like to keep that to myself.
What do you consider your greatest career achievement?
It’s hard to define ‘greatest’ – the things I consider achievements have all been great in their own way – whether it’s getting asked to collaborate with a brand or making new connections or even a personal creative breakthrough – it’s a bit cheesy – but they all hold ‘greatness’ in different ways.
Tell us what it was like when you found out you were going to be featured in the HOTA Children’s Gallery?
It was exciting – it was a real moment of possibilities.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
What is one thing you are looking forward to in 2022?
What can we expect from you in the next 12 months?
More works, more NFTs, more juicy peeling videos…
When you come to the Gold Coast, what are your favourites…
Café: I like the Portuguese tarts at Custard Canteen
Coffee spot: At my friends house – fellow artist Samuel Leighton-Dore
Restaurant: Rick Shores, but keen to try Labart!
How do you choose to spend your weekends?
Weekends are for a little bit of work, food, family and friends.