On the Couch with Joshua Yeldham

Arts Review Joshua Yeldham On the CouchWho is Joshua Yeldham?
A Sydney-based artist who explores a spiritual connection with, and journey into, the Australian landscape. He works across painting, photography, drawing and sculpture and is the author of Surrender.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would learn Spanish, I would take dance classes, I would name the stars and attend life drawing class.

Who inspires you and why?
Nature is abundant, fertile, colourful and adaptive.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
To help children learn that soft drink is not as delicious and healthy as natural clear water – and that Governments would subsidise the cost and access to clear drinking water – thus removing all sugar drinks.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Africa, out of this world.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park – like no other land on the planet.

What are you currently reading?
Cloudstreet – Tim Winton

What are you currently listening to?
Indian music

Happiness is?
On the boundaries of our repetition…

What does the future hold for you?
Lightness to feel.

Joshua Yeldham has been a finalist in the Archibald prize, Sulman Prize and selected five times for the Wynne Landscape prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. In 2014 Manly Gallery and Museum held a twenty year survey of his work, and another Survey and residency is planned for Tweed River Art Gallery in 2017.  Joshua has just returned from his first solo show in London.

His first novel, Surrender has just been published by Pan McMillan Australia under the Picador Imprint. For more information, visit: www.panmacmillan.com.au or www.joshuayeldham.com.au for details.

Image: Joshua Yeldham