On the Couch with James Dodd

James Dodd Arts Review On the CouchWho is James Dodd?
An Adelaide-based artist who has been exhibiting in publicly funded, artist run and commercial spaces across Australia for more than a decade. My interests revolve around representations of landscape, with a focus on urban landscapes and the ways in which people can creatively engage with these public spaces.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I reckon I’d be a builder – something that engages a sense of engineering, problem solving and regular outdoors action.

Who inspires you and why?
So many great artists, too many to mention.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Ride my bike more.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Cinque Terre, Italy – because of amazeballs meets reality, closely followed by any bikepacking adventure.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Exeter and the beach – because they are favourites.

What are you currently reading?
A couple of books about Fred Williams, online articles about the future of the Adelaide Festival Centre precinct and not enough fiction for the sake of escapism.

What are you currently listening to?
My daughter talking jibber jabber and giggling and being funny.

Happiness is?
Not as far away as some people think it is.

What does the future hold for you?
Happiness (and success… hopefully)

James is this year’s SALA Festival Artist in Residence, whose work can be viewed in, and around the Adelaide Festival Centre during this year’s SALA Festival: 1 – 31 August 2016. For more information, visit: www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au for details.

Image: James Dodd