We caught up with artist and member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Julie Goldsmith ahead of her upcoming exhibition at LIBRARY.
Talk us through your creative process.
As long as I walk to my studio each day and get to work, the creative process is always happening. Starting the work itself is what sparks ideas, connections, and a trance-like state; whether I am making a commission or painting a plate or sculpting a figure.
What inspires your work?
Literature, film and music, the Gothic, Aki Kaurismaki, Blake, Mary Shelley, the art of Niki De St Phalle, early cultures, collecting treasures from Portobello Market, where I live, to use in my work.
Tell us something no one else knows about you.
I shape-shift into different animals.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would it be and why?
The south-western desert of America, to look for Native American cave paintings and Hopi Kachina dolls.
What can we expect from your upcoming exhibition at LIBRARY?
The title of the show, So a Fairy Sung, is from a little known notebook poem by William Blake. I will show sculpture, ceramics, and photographs, featuring lambs, vampires and other ‘faery’ creatures. My talk on the evening will be partly about the inspiration that I have found in libraries. I’m lucky enough to be joined by the Irish poet Niall McDevitt who will talk on Blake’s connections to central London and his surprising interest in fairy-lore.
So a Fairy Sung takes place on the 8th of February 2016. Guests will be able to view her work from 2pm and the main event will start at 7pm, when Julie will talk about her influences and inspirations.
Julie’s talk will be accompanied by Irish poet and musician Niall McDevitt, who will read his poetry and tell interesting stories from history about the streets around LIBRARY.