Getting to know artist: Violette Kirton

Getting to know artist: Violette Kirton

Violette Kirton is an emerging photographer, curator and visual artist based in Sydney. She builds her works with a mixed use of photography, video, installation and sculpture. Her works create immersive, meditative spaces that transport you some where special.


What is it about projection art that draws you towards it as a creative output?

I wouldn’t say that I focus solely in “projection” as a medium, but I do tend to use it a lot because it allows me to create totally immersive spaces, especially for more social events like Yeah Nah Yeah. I think it’s fun to push the possibilities of a video rather than just showing it on a screen. I think it’s equally important to consider the site and audience. I feel projection really encourages people to play with the art on a larger, more tangible scale.


Where / when do you find you feel the most inspired to create new art?

Aside from the obvious things like travelling, looking at art and getting back to nature, I think it’s really about being surrounded by creative, curious and interesting people. I am at art school, so I find the conversations I have and the people I meet to be inspiring in themselves. I can find myself on such a tangent, where one thing leads to another and before you know it you’re curating a show or making a video with friends. I think this is what is so great about being a young artist, you’re not stuck in your ways or scared of trying new things. So, I guess it’s mostly about collaboration and staying open to people & changes.


How do you find getting your art out there in the Sydney creative scene?

It’s definitely a case of just doing it. Most shows that I have been involved in were down to meeting someone at another show, which brings us back to what I was saying about staying open minded and collaborating. I started an art collective called Yours, Mine & Ours (@ymocollective), with my friend Henrietta, which has graced us both with lots of opportunities for showing work. YMO is definitely a community focused initiative so in a way we have introduced ourselves to that creative scene.


Do you feel your art ever makes parallels with music in any way?

Definitely. My art focuses on movement and light, which I think can be synonymous with music. That being said, it doesn’t need music or dialogue to explain itself. I think music can add atmosphere and another layer of meaning to a piece, in the same breath I often decide to avoid music and force the viewer to be confronted with the images, without the comfortability that music provides.

Are there any specific emotions/message you hope to convey through your art?

Yep. I guess the emotions and messages change constantly. But more recently, I have been focusing on stillness and trying to capture that feeling through meditative, repetitive video and immersive space. I’ve also been looking at internal vs. external perspective, and our scale and position within contemporary society. I want people to think about how our modern lifestyle effects our relationship with nature, the city, our country and everything in between. My work for Yeah Nah Yeah will look at a modern pilgrimage, something that will take the audience on a journey. I think through creating a contemplative work, I want people to instinctively feel and think whatever emotions or thoughts comes naturally to them. I don’t want the audience  to think about it too much.


Learn more about Violette

@viviviolette / @ymocollective



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