My color is red
My nickname is Min / Mindawgs
My craziest dream is to live in the country on my own property with dogs, horses, chickens, a studio space to paint in and a fully functioning veggie garden.
My Favourite ALIX YANG piece is Kira Hoops in gold >>
AY: Why do you choose to become an artist?
ML: Art has been a part of my life ever since I was young, so I don’t think I ever made the conscious decision to become an artist. It’s just something that has continued and evolved over the years, something that feels very natural.
AY: How do you like to describe your art style? Any meanings or symbolism?
ML: I would say my style is graphic, playful, primal and intuitive. For a while now all I’ve wanted to paint are various plant and animal forms. I love illustrating them as unique species and individuals – full of character, personality and spirit, in a world that so often commodifies, devalues or destroys them. Having grown up in the country, animals (both native and non-native) and the Australian bush have had a profound affect on me, so I guess my work partly serves as some sort of homage.
AY: What is a typical day of your life like?
ML: At this stage every day is different and it's a bit of a juggling act. I'm still studying so some days I’m at uni, other days I’m working at my day job in conservation, and other days I spend on art jobs - either out and about or working from home. So right now I don't really have typical days… which is good on the one hand because there's a lot of variety, but I'm kind of looking forward to a time when I have a little more routine.
AY: What do you think about when you are alone?
ML: Goodness… all manner of things! Lately I've been thinking a lot about my life path – what's important and what isn't.
AY: How do you like to wear your jewellery? What’s the role of jewellery in your style?
ML: I like simple, classic pieces by local designers, good quality pieces that will last. Hoop earrings are my favourite, I don’t tend to wear much else.
AY: How do you describe the current stage of your life?
ML: It’s a turbulent time! Some days I feel super joyous and excited about what lies ahead, other days I feel anxious and overwhelmed with how hard life can be. It’s like I’ve suddenly been slapped in the face with the reality of how quickly time moves along, and it’s a bit of a shock really. I’m becoming increasingly discerning about the things and people I spend my time and energy on.
AY: What do you usually do when you need inspiration?
ML: I usually work with my energies, so when I reach a creative block I don’t push it. Instead I focus on something else – whether that be walking my dog, cleaning the house, running errands or just taking some time to relax.