For Pascalle Bailey, this year has been a chance for her to give due attention to her passions of becoming a curator. Working as the arts intern at Courthouse Youth Arts, Pascalle specialises in intricate line-work pieces.

We had a chat with her below about her arts journey and experience interning below.

How did you first find out about Courthouse Youth Arts?

I originally found out about CHYA through my high school, who hire out the theatre for music and drama performances. I didn’t know there was a visual arts element until a few friends of mine became involved in the exhibition program. I reconnected with Courthouse after my mum, who is a VCE Studio Arts teacher, told me about the visual arts program and internship.

And what made you decide to apply for the arts intern position?

When I applied, I had recently decided to defer my studies from a business course at university (with no intention of going back). I had always wanted to work as a curator, but never allowed myself the opportunity to properly entertain the idea. I figured this internship would best give me curatorial experience firsthand.

You’ve dabbled in a few different styles of creating art, where is your attention at the moment and what brought you to it?

I’m enjoying making intricate forms with fineliner, with an emphasis on repetitive line. I’m always fascinated by the process of art-making, and the meditative quality brought from line-making really drew me to the style. It’s also quite satisfying to see the final product after the long hours of work!

Do you have a particular environment you like to create in?

I enjoy the idea of being able to make art anywhere. I can be easily influenced by my surroundings, so I find that every environment can bring something new to a piece, and helps it evolve.

Do you remember the first piece of art you created? What was it?

I do remember actually, my mum had it framed! I was probably only a couple of months old at the time, so the work is a bit ‘abstract’ (read: terrible) to say the least! I think it was a drawing of two people? It’s hard to make out from all the scribble.

You were part of the Geelong Emerging Artists group, do you think being involved in the community really helps as an artist?

I feel that as the art world continues to grow and change, it is almost integral as an artist to be involved in the community. I’ve found that if art making is kept as a solitary venture, it can appear stationary and almost ‘flat’. Keeping a constant line of communication between creators helps better inspire your work, helping it evolve and form a greater depth of meaning.

And what are your thoughts of the Geelong arts scene?

Being relatively new to the art scene, I can see a lot of potential from the young creatives I’ve met. The sense of community and creative collaboration fostered here is really unique and something I hope to make to most of and continue to grow.

Who are some Geelong artists you’ve got your eye on?

I’m always inspired by works that can move beyond the gallery walls and continue to transform in concept long after first viewing. I enjoy Sarah Lewer’s video works, and how they perfectly capture the young state of mind and personally identify with lot of her themes. Jess Walters similarly portrays the sensibilities of youth and how that interplays in relationships.

The year is almost over, what are your plans after this internship and what have you got out of it?

I intend to go back to university and study art history and curation, and further my knowledge and expertise there. I also wish to continue my art-making practice, in whatever form that may be.

Probably the most important thing I’ve gained from this internship is the relationships and connections with young creatives and all the staff here at CHYA. The sense of community here is invaluable, and something I know I’ll forever cherish long after my time here is over.

Image by Leikography. Pascalle pictured left, curator Amber Smith pictured right. 

Pascalle Bailey will be exhibiting works alongside Joshua Maxwell de Hoog, Amber Smith and other artists as part of the Co. group exhibition. It opens on Friday, October 20 from 6pm.