meet inge of inge flinte art
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
Hello! I'm Inge - a painter and photographer based in Brisbane, Australia. I have a husband and three kids, and life is wonderfully full and kinda chaotic at the same time.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
I'm an abstract painter plus I do a bit of documentary-style photography.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS MAKER?
I started my journey at art school, after a couple of other unhappily completed science-ish degrees, and fell in love with everything about art—the process and physicality of the making, forming conceptual ideas and being able to have a tangible piece of work at the end of it all. Once I had finished my fine art degree, we moved country and had our second child; with two young kids and life in a new country, I had pretty limited time for making art. As the kids have gotten older, I've had more time to get back into things. Consequently, a few years ago, on a whim I took part in the 100 day project, vowing just to turn up and paint for 100 days straight. I made it through that and haven't really stopped since. I always found it hard to wrap my mind around how to make things 'work' as an artist, and have been so thankful for the way everything has unfolded in a gradual way - turns out I didn't need to know everything at the beginning...
WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS THE BEST?
I think every artist will turn around and say this, but with each year that passes, my art feels like it becomes more stubbornly and authentically mine, like my voice is growing more clearer and confident. I feel like I'm beginning to be able to block out the noise that social media continually bombards us with and just turn those strange bouts of inspiration I have into art.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE
Its always a mess!! The thing about painting with small people around is that you need to take advantage of those quiet moments as much as you can. If the kids are having a quiet moment then its an opportunity to get into the studio and just get another layer down. So it helps to have everything out and ready to go (that's my excuse anyways). In my current studio, I'm blessed with this wonderful light—it make all the difference when you're painting.
TELL US ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND YOUR PRODUCTS?
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I'm originally from New Zealand but have spent time living in Japan, the UK, America and I'm currently living in Brisbane, Australia. Without fully intending it, we've become pretty nomadic!
WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?
At the moment, everything. Its a bit daunting to be honest. I have so many ideas and plans floating around in my head, I'm afraid that, at some point, some of them are going to fall out of my brain into a pile on the floor. I have multiple series of paintings underway, as well as some exciting photography projects. So, at every opportune moment, I'm working like a crazy lady over here to make all these ideas a reality.
IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Ceramics or printmaking. I did a introduction to ceramics course a couple of years back and fell head over heels for it. I just love minimalist shapes, beautiful simple glazes and the magic of working in a different medium. I'm pretty terrible at throwing a pot, but dream that one day I'll have a bit more time on my hands and be able practice a bit more (and make pots for all of my plant babies).
COFFEE OR TEA?
Tea. Specifically green. I don't ever drink coffee and have about zero tolerance for it. I reckon I'd have the shakes after one cup!
ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
I'm one of those obnoxious morning people who wake up in around 30 seconds and feel well rested regardless of how well/badly I actually slept! But I am a night owl in training - working is easier when the kids are asleep...
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?
At the moment, nothing. I don't like to admit that because its incredibly boring - but often I'm working at a time when other people are unconscious so its easier to keep things quiet in order to extend that studio time.
SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.
- I'm a Star Wars fan. Like, go to the theatre on the day of release kinda fan (not the midnight screening though - because, kids), the 'plan on going to Disneyland when Star Wars land' opens kinda fan, the watch all the films before the new film is released kinda fan. Everyones like that right?! Right?
- Like everyone else in Insta-land, I'm obsessed with plants.
- I'm part Japanese, part German and grew up in New Zealand. I have a major love affair with Japan - it feels so comforting to me and *gah* everything about it is fab. Food, culture, fashion, art. photography...the list could goes on...
- I'm passionate about sustainable, fair trade fashion. When I can steal myself an hour or two away from my art, you'll find me sewing my handmade wardrobe.
- I'm an try-hard gardener. I love growing my own vegetables, but tend to get lazy toward the end of the season and the weeds take over...