Six questions for
Ross Manning

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Ross Manning.

Artist Ross Manning
Lives in Menjin, Brisbane, Australia

How do you describe your own art practice?

I work across multiple disciplines of sound, performance, sculpture, moving image and installation. Im interested in technology, and use it as a kind of material in my practise. I’ve been working with machines, making interventions on them and incorporating other objects to make them work in different ways, to pursue different ideas. Maybe taking a component out of the machine to focus on its material possibilities, and forming something more personal. Usually, work manifests as small systems that operate under their own sense of logic.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

I’m particularly interested in the tools we use and their effects they have on on us in return. Im interested in people who make their own tools and the new worlds that be can created with them. The freedom, agency and self governance of that.

What was your first experience with art?

I cant quite remember but I guess it was on TV rather than at a gallery.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

When the question or idea is interesting enough, then that drives the exploration, weather that be an open ended experiment or something more defined. It’s questioning, experimentation and play that informs the process.

What do you need in order to create your work?

I’m happy to work with what is possible… An idea can be realised in different ways depending on resources. Having a few parameters or constraints I feel is healthy for me, its a good, pragmatic way of shaping the outcomes.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Artist and composer Daniel Jenatsch with his work The Close World.

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