Jane Tyrrell is a versatile Australian artist. She is well practiced having spent many years burrowed in the creative workings of manifold projects. Her artistry is expansive, stretching out in broad brush strokes. She has had a longtime affinity with music, and then sidesteps into another realm, where she draws and designs. Despite her longevity and experience in the artistic field, Tyrrell still holds onto strands of uncertainty; the kind of uncertainty of an inquisitive mind. These curiosities continue to propel her forward; creating and re-creating and re-imagining things in different ways than before. Sometimes she is articulate and precise, other times, she can be imaginative or ambiguous within her artwork. Her latest project was a slowly written narrative, an album. For many years Tyrrell has been a part of the local music scene, known best for her work with The Herd and Elefant Traks, but this record was the first of her own.
Beginning young, Tyrrell set her sights on a life where she could enjoy art and culture. It was her natural instinct. Her trajectory was loosely mapped out, the end goal was clear at least, and she has been pathing her own way ever since. In her own words she gives us an insight into her creative sphere- one that she is greatly invested in.
“My solo album, Echoes In The Aviary is the biggest project I have ever directed, co-produced, written, recorded, designed, executed and funded. It was a life goal to create this album and for this reason I would say it’s hands down the most memorable project to date! It has been the most challenging and rewarding year for me to date, professionally. I launched a design company with my business partner and created and released my debut album!” she said.
“Since day dot I have been a creative. I have hilarious photos and video evidence! I showed the signs at an early age, my parents tell me. I was encouraged to explore it and I pursued an education in the arts as an adult (6 years of fine art and design). All my music and career has been learnt on the job and self-taught. My earliest memory of public performance is dancing in a theatre (Newcastle, Town Hall) at the age of five, dressed as Minnie Mouse.”
“I identify myself as a multidisciplinary artist, a creative communicator, and problem solver. As I evolve so does my work. What my work does for me personally has always been the same. I find it cathartic and empowering.
I think my brain works in a similar way when I am writing and creating music and art; it’s very intuitive and emotional. Design, however, is very analytical. I enjoy both of these approaches and sometimes they both come into play depending on the job.
Everything I create is linked and informs each other. The discipline and drive come from the same place. Having said that I kind of look at myself as a different character when I apply myself to different disciplines – Graphic design uses a different headspace to fine art and songwriting and performance is a third dimension again. I inhabit a different character for some of these disciplines. They even have names.”
“I think all artist expression is incredibly valuable and meaningful for cultural development, mental health, and communication.
Unfortunately as a creative it is not easy to switch the purity of a wonderful idea on when you ‘clock on’ and have to be productive. Being a professional creative you have to be really emotionally aware and incredibly disciplined in order to create work. Developing a work-life balance that nurtures your drive is imperative.”
“The fact is art is a desirable thing in our culture. Everybody wants to be entertained or engaged in creative and functional ways, yet we are not treated or rewarded the same as other professionals.
Art is subjective and so there is no sure thing, no right or wrong. You have to have to believe in yourself, have incredible determination, drive, discipline and present yourself in a professional manner.”
“My desire to create, collaborate, learn and solve problems. I am miserable if I am not creating or singing. Also, because I have a fundamental belief that if you pursue what makes you feel fulfilled and that challenge you, only good things can come from it.
Some projects just flow. Others you have to catch and wrestle into submission. Early on, I’d approach art, design and songwriting in a fairly organic, which is to say, unstructured manner. As I became more experienced and busier I developed structure and process (see below). I now approach all my work in the same fundamental way. For me, they all come from the same place just manifest differently.”
1. Research and visualization – fine tuning my objective to its simplest form and imagining how it might manifest in words, images or sound.
2. Thumbnails – drawing, writing, creating a kind of go-to guide for directions worth pursuing. I always aim to have at least three distinctly different approaches.
3. Draft execution – create the work. The most valuable thing here is to allow my execution to morph and not inhibit fantastic accidents from unfolding. I refer to the brief or objective summary a lot in this phase, to stay on track.
4. Refining – Refining and perfecting the work. Taking a step back and critically analyzing the work (and asking my peers, if I’m stuck!)
“If you want to make art for a living you have to create deadlines and goals in order to structure your life-work balance. You have to remain fluid and focused simultaneously at all times. When I get a design brief, for example, the first thing I ask is the deadline, aspiration, and budget. I need deadlines to create structure, sometimes these are flexible and other times there is no room to wiggle. It is work and I have learnt how to adapt to a deadline creatively.”
“So many incredible things can unfold year to year, I just hope to maintain my pursuit of happiness with a healthy mind and have opportunities, wonderful experiences, and good health align with that.”
Jane will perform at Vivid Festival in Sydney on June the 5th with special guests.
You can visit JayneTyrrell.com for further news and information.