Tamara Baillie, Visual Artist

Cultural Heart

Meet our dedicated city creatives, and learn how they are navigating and finding ways to stay creative and connected in the wake of COVID-19.

Tamara baillie credit sia duff Tamara baillie identity credit grant hancock

"I am a visual artist working primarily in sculpture and installation.

I’ve always been interested in the relationship between memory and identity and my practice continues to explore and question both my own stories and broader historical narratives, especially colonial settler histories."

I often make ghost-like objects using cotton gauze and sugar syrup. I’m also a part time doctor in training.

What has been your experience over the last few months?

It’s been the best of times and the worst of times. My day job has obviously been pretty intense and taken a lot more time and energy than it might otherwise. My creative practice has also had some challenges. One exhibition has completely changed from a physical show to an online format so I’ve been teaching myself animation and video editing rather than making a large installation in a physical gallery space. The other exhibition has been postponed for six months which is actually ok as I now have a more comfortable amount of time to get it finished.

I’ve enjoyed having more time for some of the things that were often getting squeezed out of my too-busy ‘old’ life: long conversations with friends, exercising in our fantastic public outdoor spaces, diving into great fiction, making delicious fresh healthy food.

What do you hope to see happen next in the City of Adelaide?

More of the fantastic things we already have: more social sport, more temporary art projects, more affordable housing, our great libraries and galleries reopening. I would LOVE to see more artist studios and artist run gallery spaces in the city. An often overlooked part of being a creative city is ensuring we have a good supply of quality affordable housing and I think we really need to focus on this in coming years.

Where can we see more of your work?

My website and Incinerator Gallery.

Image (top): Sia Duff

Image (bottom): Tamara Baillie, Identity, 2019, sugar, cotton, wood, paint. Photo by Grant Hancock