Questions with Creatives:
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Darcy Crudeli and I am a multi-disciplinary artist. This means my work can range from online animations to installations to performance pieces. My aesthetic is how I keep my work cohesive – I enjoy bright colours, feathers, glitter and anything that glows in the dark. My favourite works to create are video works – I love dressing up and being in front of the camera.
How did you get into what you do?
I’ve always enjoyed art from a young age – but as I grew up, I knew that this field is one of the most difficult fields to be in. I liked the challenging aspect of creating something and praying someone else will enjoy it. I think this field also has so many avenues that I can curate my own life with it.
What do you do to keep yourself motivated?
I always surround myself with people who can hype me up when I need it. There’s nothing worse than feeling unmotivated, and having someone that encourages you to be stagnant. It’s great to have people in your field but also outside of it who can just provide you with some perspective and at the same time allow you to have a reflective moment. Also, it's okay to take a break every now and again, but get those people around you to kick you in the butt when you need to go back.
What are your words of wisdom for someone starting out in your field?
I am nowhere near to being in the 'field' of art (I still work in a deli and live with my parents hehe) – but I will pass on the advice that I was given at a university open day by a woman who has been in this field for 20+ years (I really should have gotten her name) and that is: “just make it work”. Which is so simple but humbling at the same time, these words have never left me. It doesn’t matter where you work or how you get to where you need to be, that part of your life doesn’t define you – what defines me is my dedication to the art world.
What has your experience been moving to Goolugatup Heathcote?
I love it here. I really enjoy that fact that I am surrounded by people who are so successful and kind enough to provide me with advice and support. It's so important to have feedback from people in your field as well as you progress through projects/works. It's also nice to have a space that I can regularly come to and just work – being sort of trapped in the house it's great to have a space just for making all things art. I feel very welcomed here.