On the Couch with Nic Green

Nic Green Arts Review On the CouchWho is Nic Green?
A Scottish-based artist. Often I get assumed as male because of my name (and maybe my moustache), but I identify as female.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I can’t decide if I should imagine myself as doing things differently! I appreciate the things I do, the people I work and spend my life with with and the way things are, however of course there’s always learning to be had, and ways to make change for the better.  If I had to say, I think I would manage my time differently to allow for more time outdoors, give more time to non-arts charitable organisations, see more of friends and spend more time on the yoga mat, but there’s so much art to be made and creative exploration to be had I just can’t help myself.

Who inspires you and why?
Lots of people, but also some animals, like my dog Jerry Lee. He is always happy, he doesn’t let the rain get him down and he doesn’t appear to think his artwork is the most important thing in the universe.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Listen better!

Favourite holiday destination and why?
West Coast Isles of Scotland – I can’t believe somewhere so beautiful is so close to where I live.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I would probably take them for a walk around the graving docks just outside the city, where I am doing a project later this year. Then we would head for food at vegan-haven Stereo. Hopefully there would be some wild performance event in town we could go to – or maybe one of Glasgow’s arts festivals, before having a few drinks and a blether and a late night cycle along the river it wasn’t too wet and windy.

What are you currently reading?
Currently re-reading Space, Place and Gender by the late Doreen Massey.

What are you currently listening to?
Basket Rondo by Meredith Monk. Magic Onion by the Lovely Eggs.

Happiness is?
Knowing a sense of agency.

What does the future hold for you?
Coming to Melbourne, revisiting old works and making new ones, moving my houseboat around, and making shit-loads of bells for a project. And I hope more singing, ceramics and dance in my life.

Exuberantly examining contemporary feminism, Nic Green’s Trilogy plays Arts House – North Melbourne Town Hall: 21 – 26 June 2016. For more information, visit: www.artshouse.com.au For more information on Nic Green, visit: www.nicgreen.org.uk for details.

Image: Nic Green – photo by Oliver Ruskin