On the Couch with Jarrod Rawlins

Jarrod Rawlins AAR On the CouchWho is Jarrod Rawlins? 
I am a senior curator in Hobart, an Art Month board member, a family person, father of two, a writer, and mountain obsessive.

What would you do differently from what you do now? 
Nothing really, all going pretty well actually. I totally live in the moment and have never planned for anything to be honest. That way of living makes it difficult to know what I would do differently because I am alway only working out what I’m doing right now. I mean, I know what I’m going to do tomorrow, but what I’m going to do in the future is anyone’s guess and completely unknown to me.

Who inspires you and why? 
Nobody really. My way of being is to study and consider everyone and everything that is happening around me and put all that together for inspiration, no one person fulfils that role for me.

What would you do to make a difference in the world? 
Vegan. I’m vegetarian at the moment, but feeling more compelled to take the next step.

Favourite holiday destination and why? 
Frenchmans Cap, Tasmania. It’s my favourite mountain at the moment and I make at least one trip up there every winter to climb in the snow and ice and hangout on the mountain for a few days.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Mona. So many people who come to Tasmania now come to Mona, and if friends come they always want me to take them out there. After Mona I usually take them to the mountains nearby for a walk.

What are you currently reading? 
I like to read a bunch of things at any one time, from novels to research papers, or maps. I just finished a novel called A Children’s Bible A Novel by Lydia Millet, I loved that book; after which I started a book called To Lhasa in Disguise: A Secret Expedition Through Mysterious Tibet by William Montgomery McGovern, who is reportedly the inspiration for the Indiana Jones character.

What are you currently listening to?
Mostly opera at the moment, which is a new phase for me. Quite enjoying myself actually.

Happiness is?
So many many different things, on different days, Sometimes it’s when your children go to bed without protest, others its seeing that special painting you have read about for years for the very first time. Sometimes its a party!

What does the future hold for you?
See question two.

Jarrod is a Board Member of Art Month Sydney – a city-wide festival that celebrates contemporary art, artists and galleries through a rich and diverse program from 4 – 28 March 2021. For more information, visit: www.artmonthsydney.com.au for details.

Image: Jarrod Rawlins (supplied)