October 15, 2008, 10:10 pm
Filed under: ART, PHOTOGRAPHY | Tags: , , , ,

Since 2006, Hazel Dooney has emerged as one of the Asia-Pacific region’s most controversial young female artists. According to the Australian Financial Review, she “walks the razor’s edge between respect and celebrity in today’s artworld” (September, 2006) – and with her brash mixture of Pop, hardcore porn and intense personal narrative she seems to revel in the precariousness of that.

1. What motivates you?
I don’t really need motivation. I’m compelled to make art every day, whether I want to or not.

2. Who are your greatest inspirations(doesnt have to be another artist)?
I have a man in my life who is, by any definition, pretty extraordinary. He’s incredibly, insanely smart, unselfishly giving and he has almost 16th century old-fashioned attritbutes of boldness, bravery, scholarship and a sense of adventure. The fact that all this contained within a sensitive, creative and very solitary person makes it even more inspirational.

3. How do you describe your artistic style?
Reviewers often use a phrase that was used to describe the art of Takashi Murakami – – Shock Pop. Others have described me as a conceptual artist assuming the guise of a painter – that’s probably closer to the truth.

4. Who is the most important person in your life?
I am tempted to say –me. I am almost embarassingly ambitious, driven, egocentric and self-referential. However, without the man in my life, I wouldn’t have the courage to admit this.

5. What is your personal opinion on the art scene in Australia?
It’s in large measure over-rated. The most innovative artists are either dead or neglected and those left are… well, for every truly original artist you might encounter in New York or London or Tokyo or Shanghai or Mumbai we have someone here, slavishly copying what they do and calling it a career. A well-known American academic once called Australians ‘pre-Socractic’ – we don’t much like to think. Too much Australian art reflects that.

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