On the Couch with Martha Ackroyd Curtis

Martha-Ackroyd-Curtis-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Martha Ackroyd Curtis?
A writer and visual artist. She works in the realms of video, installation and multi mediums.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Okay if the year was 2030, and there are hover-boards like in ‘back to the future’ – then I am getting one LOL. Okay a serious answer: Maybe being more environmentally aware, as I used to be as a teenager. I am an Auntie now, so maybe that’s why I am thinking about the next generation and the planet their little feet are walking on.

Who inspires you and why?
With writing poetry it is verses that stick in my mind. Sylvia Plath since high school has always been present. Her genius in being able to staple words that link emotive elements and cryptic verse. In art I look not necessarily at artists past or present. I really respect artistic craft that is not working with materials that aren’t today’s digital, or glossy plastics. In art school I was into Little Britain comedy, plus French and Saunders. I want humor to be forever present, but I also look into ethics, what is happening in our backyard or across borders?

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would want women to know that they don’t need to wait for someone to say ‘you should do this’. I want women to know: I can do it ‘MY’ way.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I head down to the Victorian coast near Wilson promontory. The spot we go to is really beautiful and peaceful. Our Chihuahua loves beach runs there. Or the farm I grew up on in central Victoria. Or Asia, as my other half is from Taiwan. Nothing beats Taipei and its electric nightlife.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I think festivals, especially the arts and cultural ones that are happening pretty much all year, are just incredible, AND quintessentially Melbourne. I really hope we ALWAYS have them, as they are vital. I would take them to events in the gardens, nightclubs, and galleries. If it is summer; then it’s Midsumma Festival, or the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

What are you currently reading?
M Train by Patti Smith.

What are you currently listening to?
I am currently listening to Kosheen, Martha Wainwright, CHRIS, and Placebo.

Happiness is?
Knowing what is really, real. Being real. Loving with your heart. Laughter a lot of laughter.

What does the future hold for you?
I hope living free. I hope meeting people on travels overseas and feeling inspired, to create. Keep on showing, keep on growing, keep on writing.

Martha is the Author of Hello Titty – a new collection of original poems and photographs of, well… breasts – which is available from all leading book sellers including Dymocks.

Image: Martha Ackroyd Curtis (supplied)