Archie Fitzgerald came as a suggestion of a friend who knows his stuff and I was obsessing within minutes. From England, to Berlin to Melbourne, this is an artist whose work is so mindblowingly fucked up it gets you really hooked. The inspiration behind it partly explains that: serial killers, paedophiles, rapists, internet freaks, anything wrong in people’s heads.
How has moving from the UK to Berlin to Melbourne influenced you as a person and also your artwork?
It matures you and changes you a lot as a person I find. Having to adapt, find new friends, find where you fit in, it’s not easy but it’s well worth it.
For my work I would say it definitely has influenced my work, my work is influenced by all sorts of places I’ve been and also places I haven’t been. In Berlin and here in Melbourne I find inspiration in the art scenes, my day job, my own emotions, people I meet etc.
Where do you get inspiration from?
A lot of my inspiration comes from the fucked up minds of people. Mainly serial killers, paedophiles, rapists, internet freaks…
So most of this stuff I don’t come in contact with regularly but I like to read a lot about these sort of things, either on the internet or in books and films.
Also modern society influences me a lot and how fucked up I think a lot of it is. How everyone is so obsessed with their image and putting on a front of who they want to be.
When I’m making work 90% of the time I’m trying to do it from the mindset of someone else.
You publish zines. How important is printed material today?
I’m not sure it’s incredibly important, I really love it for sure and there’s loads of cool stuff out there. I’m not really worried about the current situation of printed material, I think there’s still a big market for it and lots of people buy it so that’s cool.
The main reason I love making zines is because it’s a really nice affordable way that someone can see lots of my work. It’s not that regularly I get to exhibit work publicly so for someone to stumble upon it isn’t that likely apart from through zines and printed matter.
What was the best thing someone ever said about your illustrations?
Once a friend of mine looked at my work in an exhibition and told me it made him cry so that was probably the best.
I also really love it when people look at my work and explain what they see to me when actually it’s quite different to what I was thinking when I made it. It’s great when people see and feel different things when they look at my work. I don’t like it when people think my work is funny though…
Does your daily life resemble your drawings in any way?
Ermmm, I suppose not, weirdly. It resembles some of my interests and things I think and feel sometimes. When I make my work I get in quite a different headspace and it just flows out of me.
Are you working on something specific right now?
Yeah, a few things. I’ve got a screen printed zine coming out hopefully in September which is being published by a cool publisher/artist called Guillaume Soulatges. The work for that is already finished and I’m really excited about showing it. Now that I’m in Melbourne and I have a load of work I’m happy with I’m expanding on my practice a bit and trying some different mediums.
I’m currently working on some music which incorporates me doing spoken word of my writing over the top and I’m hoping to do some performances of that in the future.
Also I’m hoping to exhibit at some point and work some installation elements into my work but that is all a work in progress.
Interview by Amanda Akiyama