"I grew up in the countryside and would always build little tree huts or physical spaces to play and imagine within. All of these things come from the same creative place and a need to externalise/explore something internal."
Sharna Osborne is a New Zealand born artist and filmmaker working in London, her extremely particular eye for detail has resulted in her making visuals for Raf Simons, Vetements, Martine Rose, Craig Green and Charles Jeffrey - Loverboy to name a few.
Q & A:
COL: How old are you and where are you from?
SO: I'm from Springbrook in New Zealand
COL: What do you do?
SO: Make videos and pictures
COL: How long have you been doing it? Do you remember your first work of art?
SO: I have always made things - from doing watercolor paintings with my Grandad or woodwork with my Aunt and Uncle as a child to making video work now. I grew up in the countryside and would always build little tree huts or physical spaces to play and imagine within. All of these things come from the same creative
place and a need to externalise/explore something internal.
COL: What’s your first artistic memory?
SO: When I was around 3 years old I saw Dolly Parton on tv wearing green sequence with all that golden hair and I felt this untenable and confusing fascination and obsession. Needing to explore this feeling is always why I do what I do.
COL: What inspired you to pursue a career in art?
SO: It was never a decision it was a given
COL: If you could have any piece of art in history, what would you choose?
SO: I don't think I would choose to own something I think I would choose to be there when it was made. Like seeing Jan Svankmajer make his first tactile objects that were a consequence of the soviets shutting them down his film work. Or, seeing Nina Simone perform at live at Montreux.
COL: What does the word “collective” mean to you as an artist?
SO: Collective and collaboration mean a similar thing to me - and both make my work richer and encourages
growth that I find incredibly rewarding.
COL: Who are you excited to see?
SO: When you see loads of work in magazines and online it's always fun to see how people use space.