Meet Joel Cornell: Australian contemporary artist

Name, occupation / What you do for $ / What you do creatively ?

Joel Cornell. After completing my Fine Arts degree in 2009 I moved away from an art practice to pursue music. Four years ago after finishing music I started working fulltime in an office environment which has had a direct influence on me creatively. I started to steal office stationary to make “secret art” which led me to the materials I still use currently (laminate pouches, binder comb, stickers, texta). I still work but spend more time on my practice and have gained representation. I find it easier to fit in an art practice around other things I do, if I had all the time in the world I wouldn’t make art – I’m not disciplined enough.


Where do you live atm / Where do you call home / Where do you dream to live ?

I live in Brunswick, Melbourne. I really dislike the city lifestyle so I guess I’d prefer to live in the countryside – here or overseas.


What is it that interests you about photography / art ?

To me creativity is a necessity, something I need to do. Humans are resourceful by nature and I like to take advantage of that. For instance in my practice I like to limit myself in terms of time, materials or anything really. This process helps me leave behind anxiety involved in making art as theoretically I don’t have a choice but use what I have in front of me. In doing this I’m able to concentrate on the process involved rather than how the end product looks. Removal of ego is also something that interests me in art.


What are you working on atm ?

At the moment I am painting on canvas which is really great. For the last 4 years I’ve been working with plastic and mixed media so it’s been a refreshing change. I have 2 shows this year, one for my gallery (Jacob Hoerner Galleries) and a shared show at RMIT University with Tully Ross called Everything is Numerically Quantifiable both in June. I am travelling to Europe in the winter and there are talks with my gallery about a show in Berlin later this year as well.


How long have you worked on this project ?

I have been working on this project since the end of my last show in March last year, so almost 12 months.


What was the inspo behind this project / series / work ?

I always find this question difficult because I don’t really have an overall inspiration and when I do I’m usually too sensitive to reveal it. Most of my work is autobiographical but as mentioned previously I rely a lot on my process and methods. The imagery that you see in my work may look simple but it is very considered at every step. I strive for purity in my work (which by the way is impossible ha) so I like to not let my ego come into play so much. I find that as long as I follow my own set rules I will make the art I want.


Whose work are you inspired by ?

Andy Goldsworthy, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Sze, Cy Twombly.


Whose instagram is your favorite atm ?

Shane Warne’s instagram, easily and Scariest Bug Ever.

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