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Luna and Her Stars x Adelaide Fringe - Interview

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If you're a lover of all things celestial or simply appreciate visually striking art with a space theme to it, then you won't want to miss visual artist Chloe Castle's upcoming exhibition Luna and her Stars.

Due to be displayed at Left Barrel Brewing from February 22 - March 15, 2020, artworks from this exhibition will draw inspiration from the natural world, including the night sky, the moon, the stars, cycles, mythology, which will be intertwined with themes of female empowerment. Through her art, Castle hopes to imbibe feelings of serenity and calm to her audience, in addition to recognizing the ethereal beauty that lies within her pieces.

In anticipation of her upcoming exhibition as part of Adelaide Fringe, I was fortunate enough to conduct an e-interview with Castle - have a read of our exchange below:

Tema: Can you please tell us a bit about yourself, Chloe?
Chloe: I love languages, travel, hiking, the natural world, food, history, reading and art (of course). I have travelled to Singapore, Japan, and Europe. I lived in the Czech Republic for a while in 2014, where I spent my time learning the language and the culture. I have grown up teaching myself languages. I have always been very studious, I'm an introvert and I love to go out in nature and read books! I also love the beach and I go swimming a lot in the summer!

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Tema: Can you please tell us a bit about your background in art and design?
Chloe: I did design in Year 10 at school and I did some extracurricular art classes in middle school, but beyond that, I don't actually have any formal training in art and design. I have been drawing ever since I was a little girl. I would draw at my grandma's house all the time whilst I was growing up. I have drawn on and off for my whole life, I stopped for a bit, whilst pursuing my undergraduate degree at Uni. I then got back to it last year, which is when I started my art business. I absolutely love drawing, because it helps me find calmness and express my ideas and creativity in a visually appealing manner.

Tema: What about the art scene attracted you to it?
Chloe: As mentioned above, I have always loved art. Expressing myself, and viewing the ways in which others express themselves and their ideas about the world is fascinating and a wonderful thing. I also love how art can be a commentary on society at the time, as well as taking you to another place, somewhere in your imagination.

Tema: How long have you been in the art scene and what has the experience been like so far?
Chloe: For about a year now (as long as I've had my business) - I wouldn't say I'm so much in the art scene as in the art community, and the small business community. I have absolutely loved being a part of this community - meeting and speaking to other creators and makers has been so so wonderful!

Tema: What have you found to help when you go through a creative block?
Chloe: I do a few things: I take a break and do other things, I go out for walks in nature for inspiration, and I also go onto Pinterest for inspiration - there is a lot of cool stuff on there!

Tema: So, let's talk about your upcoming exhibition Luna and her Stars - how did you decide on the concept of your exhibition?
Chloe: Well, Luna and her Stars is the name of my shop. It doesn't have a different concept to what I usually create per se, so I guess the way I decided on the concept of my shop (and therefore my exhibition) was really just guided by what I felt like creating at the time, inspired by the cosmos, the natural world around us, and ethereal, dreamy landscapes.

Supplied by Chloe Castle

Tema: What kind of emotions and feelings do you hope for your art to invoke among your viewers?
Chloe: I hope to invoke feelings of calm, like you could look at the picture for ages and just feel a sense of bliss wash over you. Also, perhaps a sense of awe, in relation to the wonder of the Universe around us, or a sense of resonating with the images, particularly with the Women Collection.

Tema: How did you get involved with the Adelaide Fringe (AF)?
Chloe: The venue that I will be exhibiting at actually contacted me about it after I had previously contacted them about SALA last year (but they already had an artist for that). They were keen to exhibit my work at some point and thought the Fringe time would be the perfect time for it!

Tema: If this is your first time being involved with the Adelaide Fringe, how are you feeling about the experience?
Chloe:Yes it is, and I am a little nervous, but I am also very excited!

Supplied by Chloe Castle

Tema: What attracted you to the venue as your top choice for your exhibition to be held?
Chloe: I think that the idea of a local brewery is really cool! I love supporting local and I think that it's really cool that they make their own brews. I also think it is a chilled-out vibe and I love that it is in the hills, as I definitely like to be close to nature and I think the choice of venue reflects that immensely.

Tema: When you're not creating your beautiful artwork, what does a day in the life of Chloe look like?
Chloe: Usually, it involves waking up, meditating, tending to my little garden outside, breakfast and then working until around 4pm (I mostly work from home as I am doing my Masters in Linguistics). After that, I work on orders for my shop and head to the post office, or do any other admin or preparatory work for my shop. In the evenings, if I'm not meeting with a friend, I will usually do some form of exercise (in summer, it usually involves the beach!) with my partner, and then back home to watch some shows whilst I create my art or do some reading! Weekends are for making art, seeing friends and family, and practising my languages!

Supplied by Chloe Castle

Tema: Is there anything else that you'd like us to know about yourself and Luna and her Stars?
Chloe: Luna and her Stars was created directly from my own heart and soul. Creating this work has helped me so much in my own life, and customers have told me that it helps to create a sense of calm and wonder in theirs. This is so special to me and I truly hope that I can keep making, creating and inspiring!

You can catch Chloe Castle's free exhibition Luna And Her Stars from February 22 - March 15, 2020 at Left Barrel Brewing. This is a free event, so there is no need to book tix in advance.

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Why? If you're into art that explores celestial themes, you don't want to miss this exhibition
When: February 22 - March 15, 2020
Where: Left Barrel Brewing, Onkaparinga Valley Road, Balhannah SA, Australia
Cost: Free entry
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