Interview Ash Hoskin - Be The Change

Entering the interview seat this week is Ashley Hoskin. Ash is a local Musician and Visual Artist.
She is a member of Annan Blix, a local unit of diversely talented Musicians.
She has also produced and released a solo Music project called Aquarius.
 

What is your main artistic medium and when did you begin working with it?

Amongst all the mediums I use, I think it's watercolour paints, I probably had a play around with the stuff a few times between the ages of 7 and 16 but it wasn't until the end of high school when I spent a little extra on a tiny tube of blue watercolour paint (it was about $20) that I really saw it's potential; and then it became really fun to see the kind of effects you could create with the colour tone. I've always enjoyed painting of any kind but I like that I never needed to mix white paint with watercolours to get a lighter shade; and I struggle to get the paint ratio right if I need to make the same colour again. Watercolours make it easy to get the right shade of blue.
 

What is your current creative project?

These days it feels like I am my own creative project, however I have been working on some ideas for street posters to encourage positive change in our community, e.g.. "You are the change you want to see in the world" or "No act of kindness is ever wasted" But I've been spending a lot of my spare time on improving my skills in music and hopefully releasing some more songs in the next year.

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Who is your biggest artistic influence?

I remember watching the movie Basquiat in yr 11 art class and I loved it. I don't know for sure how accurate the film was to his life but it gave me a new perspective on art that made me feel ok about creating... ~whatever it is that I create, weather that be trash, treasure or just an idea I wanted to try out. Art can still be held at a level of class where it's expected to be technically perfect but it has been important for me to let go of these expectations of perfection, because they can be time consuming and get in the way of having a light bulb moment.

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What is your five year plan for your Art?

Experience, experience, experience, practice, practice, practice, go freelance, travel and work whenever I want  


Is the internet a benefit or detriment to your creativity?

Both, but more a benefit as it brings a community together more freely. The social media platforms where we share our talents can be overwhelming with the feeling of isolation when there are millions of others doing what you do, there's large shoes to fill and a struggle for validation but finding your niche is key. 

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What does community mean to you?

It’s a great feeling to be apart of a community, for me it’s about being able to share a similar interest with friends. We are like mentors to each other and have the potential to create great things together.


What areas of your life would you most wish to improve/change/remove?

I would have more creative time to myself to work on projects I think are fun or important to me. 


Which four people, from any time in history, would you have as dinner guests?

Jean Michel Basquait, Thom York, Grimes and Jordan Sibley.

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What is the most important quote you have heard?

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Thanks for the answers Ash! I look forward to the new music and I hope to come across one of your street posters!
Good luck in all your endeavours!

Ryan Dickinson