On the Couch with Anna Hoyle

Anna-Hoyle-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Anna Hoyle?
Melbourne artist and illustrator.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I would have liked to have seized on my art-illustration practices as a whole practice rather than distinct practices at a much earlier stage.

Who inspires you and why?
Way too many brilliant artists to name here, personally, my partner, child and close friends and all the unsung First Nations People that have endured and continue to endure colonisation.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I did volunteer conservation work in the nineties, I would love to continue doing that.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Anywhere in nature, but Japan: nature, consumer culture, aesthetics… and France: Paris especially, history and I just love the language.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The secret koala letterbox on Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, and the stunning Deep Rock at Yarra Bend on Birrarung, as well as the minty green breeze block house on Burnley St Richmond, an old time treasure of mine.

What are you currently reading?
Various books about art and text for PhD research, flirting with James Joyce Ulysses and planning to read Franzen’s (one of my fav writers) last book Purity before getting into his new soon to be released…

What are you currently listening to?
Rediscovering composer Mauricio Kagel’s works that I got to know through Melbourne’s Astra choir a few years back, and always in love with Melbourne’s real time exotica radio Ports of Paradise on PBS Friday mornings.

Happiness is?
For me, being in nature, with art materials, chips and dogs and friends and family, or happy alone.

What does the future hold for you?
Teenager wrangling, (I was terrible, so I know all the tricks), hopefully complete a PhD and maybe some animations, look after my parents, no travel plans at the moment…

Anna Hoyle has a Master of Fine Art by Research from Monash University and a First-Class Honours degree from The Victorian College of Arts. She has received numerous awards for her works on paper and her work is held in The National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, SBS and La Trobe University. She is currently working on a collection of text-based gouache paintings and a book of her fictional book paintings as well as lecturing in Graphic Design at Victorian College of the Arts.

Anna presents her solo exhibition, Your choc-mint pelvik floor is so boring, at Linden New Art from 4 December 2021 – 27 February 2022. For more information, visit: www.lindenarts.org for details.

Image: Anna Hoyle (supplied)