2015 Artists Alliance Mentor Profile | Sam Mitchell

Sam Mitchell, Photo Credit: Birgit Krippner.

What interested you in being a mentor?

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” - Charles Dickens

I thought it was a great idea when I was approached to offer up any advice about what it is like to be an exhibiting artist.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

It was a fantastic opportunity to engage with the next generation of New Zealand artists and offer up any knowledge I may have collected over the years.

Have you been mentored yourself at some point?

Yes, I was encouraged at an early age by an art teacher who took it upon herself to show me how exciting making and creating could be.

How would you describe your practice?

As the years wind on I have been expanding into different disciplines. The latest is ceramics and this has been a departure in many ways from my reverse Perspex painting.

The technical process of ceramics dictates and controls the outcome of the finished product, so no instant gratification like with my Perspex works.

And if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on smaller works, watercolours mostly, and planning for upcoming shows: one in September at Melanie Roger Gallery (Auckland) with artist Gavin Hurley, and one in October at Bartley and Company (Wellington).

And finally how do you take your coffee, tea, or favourite beverage?

First thing in the morning, stove top with freshly ground beans, and a splash of soy milk, no sugar.

2015 Summer drinking has to be Garage Project beers… perfect way to end a day in the studio, they do an amazing thirst quenching range.

Winter has to be an Islay (Scottish) Single Malt Whisky, nothing less than a ten year.

Sam Mitchell, ‘Her lips were red her looks were free’ (2014), 400x600mm