Badass Babes 4 / Minna Gilligan

Minna Gilligan photographed in her installation 'Almost-Forever' as part of Spring 1883 at The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne. Photograph by Carolyn West

Minna Gilligan photographed in her installation 'Almost-Forever' as part of Spring 1883 at The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne. Photograph by Carolyn West

Minna Gilligan photographed in her installation 'Almost-Forever' as part of Spring 1883 at The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne. Photograph by Carolyn West

Minna Gilligan photographed in her installation 'Almost-Forever' as part of Spring 1883 at The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne. Photograph by Carolyn West

Such a treat this morning to introduce you to the newest badass babe Minna Gilligan. Minna is a Melbourne-based Artist whose work is represented by Daine Singer Gallery, holds a studio space at Gertrude Contemporary, and regularly contribute to Rookie Mag  amongst a million (seemingly) other projects. Minna launched her book Time After Time last week and I can't wait to have it in my hot little hands. Read on to learn a little more about Minna's daily rituals, creative community, and dream collaborations. 

+ Tell us a little bit about your work and your creative process.

My work is jumpy and sporadic, somewhat psychedelic (unapologetically so), full, sometimes sinister, sometimes buoyant. My creative process is unplanned but prolific.

+ Do you have daily habits, rituals or schedules to keep you on track and productive?

I eat cereal every day, that’s a really boring habit of mine that I do credit with keeping me grounded and relatively sane. It sounds silly but I thrive on really mundane routines, I suppose it works in contrast to the wildness and unpredictability of making. Walking the same route to my studio, eating a snack at a specific time - when everything else is in chaos I at least know I have these constants to comfort me.

Minna Gilligan, Thought of you as my peek, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer Gallery

Minna Gilligan, Thought of you as my peek, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer Gallery

+ What are the greatest strengths and challenges in your career?

I think the largest challenge I am constantly navigating is the line between commercial and fine art. Too far one way and and I face criticism from the other side. It’s not popular amongst my peers for a fine artist to also run a commercially successful practice. I want to challenge this misconception. Strengths in this career are infinite which is why I continue.

+ What are you working on now - and what is next?

I just finished my first book ‘Time After Time’ which has been a really interesting and fulfilling venture for me.  I’m also working on some paintings for an exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary in November. I’ve missed working large scale and am enjoying the process.

Minna Gilligan, For you baby, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer Gallery

Minna Gilligan, For you baby, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer Gallery

+ And how do you attract the type work you want? Or how did you attract it in the beginning?

I don’t know, I mean I have this weird idea that if I want something bad enough and continue to imagine it (and, work hard) it will materialise. Like, that stupid book The Secret or an optimistic Oprah philosophy or something. But more seriously it’s about working hard and learning how to say no to stuff. It’s important to think about and curate the things you partake in. I’ve only just learnt this - if you project a vision that is uncompromising then you’ll find that things start to align with it.

+ Who and/or what are you most inspired and influenced by?

Sheesh, everything. I’m so broad… I can be inspired by anything, really. It’s about looking at things in a particular way or being open to seeing things in place you may not have expected. I’m influenced by lots of people largely who float in and out of my social media feeds… reluctant to name names but definitely Petra Collins and Tavi Gevinson, women whose lives are entwined equally with their practices. 

Minna Gilligan, Worried Sick, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer Gallery

Minna Gilligan, Worried Sick, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer Gallery

+ What would be a dream project or collaboration?

Well I want to design my own line of clothing. I also would love to work with a tampon/pad company and design the wrappers. I seriously reckon I’d be so good at that.

+ What advice would you give to other established or aspiring creative bad ass boss gals?

Oh, I always find this hard to come up with a decent one liner… I always go back to “work hard!” but it’s true, but then I’m like, I’ve worked hard/non-stop for like 5 years and I really gotta take a holiday. Balance. What I said above about having an uncompromising vision. Spend time alone with your work. Kick anyone who can’t deal with your ambition to the curb. Be uncool. Cool kills creativity.

Minna Gilligan, Play the way you feel it, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer Gallery

Minna Gilligan, Play the way you feel it, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer Gallery

+ Have you found there is a strong creative community to engage with where you live?

Yes definitely. Melbourne is great, I love living here because it’s very unique geographically but also of course the internet allows me to access other realms. 

+ What are you currently reading and/or listening to?

I’m always listening to Gold 104 esque music… I’m super Dad daggy.

Minna Gilligan, Different Drum, 2013. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer Gallery

Minna Gilligan, Different Drum, 2013. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer Gallery

+ Where can we find you? 

Instagram: @minnagilligan

Blog: www.minnagilligan.com

Tumblr: www.minnagilligan.tumblr.com

Twitter: @minnagilligan