Sculpting Dreams

November 2016 / Old Flinderians / 22/11/2016

Her bronze bust of explorer Matthew Flinders takes pride of place in the Performance Centre. Since graduating from Flinders in 2014, Emma Fowles has continued her artistic journey, and is now studying sculpting in Melbourne.

When did you graduate from Flinders and what are you doing now?
I graduated in 2014, now I am living in Melbourne and am in my second year of studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in sculpting.

Tell us about life and study in Melbourne and at RMIT? Is it what you were expecting?
To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from University, let alone my arts course. But it was the best decision I could have made.

What opportunities do you have in Melbourne?
Far more opportunities than I have been able to seek out yet! Melbourne has so much to offer, and so much to immerse yourself into. My friends and I are currently in the process of applying for a space to exhibit a collaborative work, an example of an opportunity, which I have been lucky enough to potentially be a part of!

What are your greatest achievements to date – in your study, work and personal life?
A direct achievement which stands out from the rest would have to be the opportunity of sculpting the bust of Matthew Flinders – that sure was an overwhelming experience! However generally I feel like my adventure down to Melbourne, the things that I’m constantly learning and the friends that I’ve made are all achievements I’m proud of.

What advice would you give to Art students at Flinders?
When I look back on Year 11 and 12 Art, the thing that stands out the most was the focus on who was at the top of the class. The happiest and most successful time that I was in art class was when the work that I was doing was for me, and I forgot about grades altogether. I think it’s incredibly important to remember that when you leave school, creating is no longer about grades, and to not forget that you can create for you rather than something else.

Where do you hope to be in five or 10 years’ time?
To be very ambitious, the dream is to have my own studio and rely on the income of my commissions. However, I have also always loved the idea of teaching, and am constantly excited to pass down my knowledge whenever I learn something new. So potentially I could be teaching alongside building and working on my dream job.

When you are not busy studying or working, what do you like to do and why?
When am I not busy studying or working!? Ha, ha. To be completely honest, every chance I get I book tickets home and visit my incredibly missed family!

Name three places in the world you would like to visit and why?
At the top of my list is Africa, always has been and always will be! I feel as if there is so little I know about this world, and so much knowledge to gain from spending time in Africa. Next on the list would be Greece! Greece because one of my closest friends down here in Melbourne is Greek and I’ve spent so much time in her household that I believe it’s necessary to go visit the regularly talked about place. Thirdly, I would love to visit the Himalayas and travel for the purpose of exploring and hiking!

If you could meet and chat with anyone in the world, who would you pick and why?
Ever since my brother started listening to Lady Gaga, I started listening to her too. So, as no surprise to anyone who remembers me in Grade 8, my person of choice would still be Lady Gaga. There’s something super exciting about that woman which makes this hidden Emma inside of me re-appear, so if I was to meet her, maybe that would encourage me to be a more comfortable weirdo . . .