Meet Tassie artist Alastair Mooney

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

My name is Alastair Mooney, I’m a multidisciplinary visual artist, and I’m currently working as a builder as well, completing a carpentry qualification. My personal practice encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture and sculptural installation work.


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

At the moment I live on the beach near where I grew up on the north coast of Tasmania, a place called Low Head. Living in Tasmania is great, it’s a relaxed pace of life and you’re surrounded by pristine wilderness wonders in all directions, and there’s not too many people. Obviously there are drawbacks and I will always feel at home in Melbourne as well having lived there a long time. Grass is always greener. I’d love to live in NYC for a while, it’s really fun there.


What is it that interests you about art ?

There’s lots that interests me about art, but I think one of the greatest elements of intrigue is it’s lack of clearcut definition. A lot of things which are mysterious and interest me I will investigate and learn, but once I know how they work the mystery fades along with the interest, but art is to me a never-ending mystery begging never-ending investigation. It’s nature is to pursue the new, the avant-garde, which makes it a very dynamic and rapidly evolving landscape to navigate; coupled with the fundamental subjectivity which transcends all of it there is never a dull moment no matter which direction you approach it from. It is a way of both staring straight into the depths of the subconscious of an individual and the subconscious of an entire society or culture simultaneously. I don’t know why I do it; but if I’m not doing it, I feel like I should be.


What was the inspo behind your work & who are you inspired by ?

My first great inspirations came from the graffiti world, in particular artists like Blu (Italy) and Os Gemeos (Brazil) whose use of scale and imagination beguiled me. Os Gemeos also introduced me to sculptural installation through their work, bringing their characters off the wall and maintaining large scale really captured my attention. People respond very differently to something they have to interact with or walk around, something which exists on their plane, rather than a flat image on a wall which represents something that exists somewhere else. Another big inspiration is Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, who showed me you don’t have to limit yourself to one medium, and whose work has a real sense of humour and parody which I love. Different elements of my practice have different inspirations but a lot of it comes back to pop culture, for better or worse. What’s popular really reflects the values of a society so it’s a great starting point to be either championed or parodised, or both.


Whose instagram is your favorite atm ?

Apart from meme pages and skating, probably Colossal, they are always posting a variety of epic art and design inspo, but in terms of more personal accounts I’m loving the work of Shawnax,  Aschoultz and Nychos

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