Interview with Maudie Osborne
I first heard of Maudie on Instagram. The striking colours of her collages jumped off my phone screen and before I knew it I was scrolling back to her first couple of posts. Currently studying arts, (majoring in film and minoring in art history) at Monash University, Maudie Osborne is creating meaningful artwork in the digital age. We sat down with Maudie to have a chat about all things collaging, politics and what lies ahead.
How did you get involved with collaging and art?
I really didn’t start committing to it until about a year ago. I had sort of dabbled with art a little bit when I was a child, but I became a little bit disheartened when I saw how talented my friends were so I thought “Oh, I’ll let them do that and I’ll concentrate on pursuing something else creatively”. But I picked it up again when I started doing my art history units and I became really inspired by a lot that was taught in relation to the Dada and Realist movements. I thought that in itself would be a great way to translate my politics into something creative and also something that could motivate and inspire people as well.
Your art can be quite political at times. Is politics something that fuels you?
Absolutely. Politics for the most part motivates almost anything and everything that I do but with my art especially, it’s what drives it consistently.
What are some of the themes and values explored in your work?
I explore a lot of anti-capitalist and socialist themes, feminist themes, anti-racist, and anti-fascist themes as well. I also like looking at the ideals of gender and how that’s perceived in the context of the west. How we may choose to define or distinguish them, how we can choose to challenge the stereotypes permeated around them but I think, really what’s very central to my art is my socialist/ feminist politics and beliefs. I’m finding it’s really important, especially within the context of today to have a discourse that’s centralized around those topics. You know, I strongly believe the politics of the time does inform the art that’s created and so I try to use that to my advantage.
Where do you gain your inspiration?
My predominant inspirations really come from a lot of the people I socialize with, whether that is activists or friends. I’m also heavily inspired by Hannah Hopp the Dada collage artist, she’s had a huge impact on what I do and how I create my work so I constantly pay homage to her in a lot of my work.
Where would you like to be in five years?
Ideally, living in Europe. I’d love to be pursuing something creative, whether that be in art or film.
If you could brunch with any three people (dead or alive) in the world, who would they be?
Matisse, Clara Zetkin (the feminist revolutionary), and Sid Vicious!
To discover more of Maudie's art head to her Instagram here.