Shanice Casey creates the most mystical, magical, artistic creations. Without sounding too clichéd, her work draws us into a dark, yet beautiful world. We strongly recommend you see it for yourself, but don’t say we didn’t warn you when you suddenly find yourself surrounded by native flowers in an alternate universe.
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?I am an artist/illustrator and finishing my degree in Visual Art over at South Bank TAFE. I do illustrations of common and native Australian flora and fauna accompanied with the female figure.
Why do you do what you do? I think I would go crazy and transform into a crabby old lady if I didn’t draw or paint! I get my inspiration from what I see around me, and when I see something really interesting I feel compelled to try and draw it. I’ve never really questioned why I do this, as a kid I loved to draw and I’ve just kept on drawing.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? There are so many local creatives here in Brisbane that inspire me. I’m a big fan of Catriona Drummond aka Good Sniff. She creates animations and illustrations of trashy Australian youth culture, big ol’ Queenslanders, and a lot of other quintessential Australiana. Though, my descriptions of her work never do it justice, go look her up! Other impressive figures that inspire me are Alphonse Mucha and the elusive Sydney Long. Long is one of the most well-known Australian Art Nouveau artists. Seeing his magical paintings of Australian bush gets me so giddy. We’re lucky to have one of his best paintings; Spirit of the Plains at QAG and that’s where I first learnt of Sydney Long.
What excites you? Particular colours excite me. They’re usually from plants and animals. Queensland Silver Wattles have gorgeous silvery velvet leaves, warm greys on those goofy Crested Pigeons, and anything looks magical in the afternoon light.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? I see my rummage stall as a small gallery space. My works are quite large and detailed that I like to have them spread out. I always bring my little solar powered Rilakkuma who bobs his head throughout the day as my little mascot, kids and dogs are fascinated by it.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall? If you’re someone like me that has a lot of light-weight things and always seem wildly ill-prepared, sticky tape has always been my saviour.
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? For now, it’s just to keep making art.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city? My favourite place right now is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. It’s a beautiful place that you can hang out at for the day. And I’ve been creating my own little travel art set that I can pull out easily and draw or paint what I really want to document in front of me. So, I’ve been visiting the sanctuary and just spending the whole day painting and drawing all the animals that I am so obsessed with. There’s only so much you can gather in reference material over the internet but studying these animals in person has helped me learn so much about them.
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? It’s the most friendly and down to earth market type place run by equally friendly and down to earth people. I am so grateful that I get to get out and sell what I love doing, and Suitcase Rummage has been the best thing I’ve ever done in relation to my art.
Where we can we find and follow you? Website : www.shanicecaseyart.portfoliobox.net | Instagram : @shanicecaseart | Facebook : www.facebook.com/ShaniceCaseyART