Carla Benzie is exhibiting with Die Empty,
June 27th- July 3rd 2013
Opening night Friday June 28th 5-9pm
Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane
Carla may be a well established, ridiculously talented tattoo artist by day, but the artist in her extends far beyond those boundaries.
Your pencil drawings are incredibly detailed and neat. Is this something that you’ve learned to do as a tattoo artist? Or have you always preferred a realistic style?
I’ve just always liked drawing realism and surrealism.
Are there any subjects or themes that you won’t tattoo? Sometimes tattoo artists refuse to work on religious themes, or southern cross tattoos, etc.
I’d prefer to do my own style. It’s good when a customer comes in with an idea and lets you do what you want with it.
Almost all of your painted pieces are figurative- how do you choose which reference/models to use? Do you look for particular poses or features, or is it a vibe thing? I just look for models that I think would make an interesting painting or drawing nothing too complicated.
Did you always know that you wanted to be a tattoo artist? What were your favourite mediums prior to a gun and ink?
Pretty much. Always used pencils, water colour and acrylic.
You’ve been painting since you were pretty young- how old were you when you started and how did you get started? How do you feel when you haven’t painted/ practiced any art for a while?
I was probably 12 when I started doing actually paintings and drawings I think, If I don’t paint for a while it’s because I’m drawing- if I’m not drawing I’m tattooing- and if I’m not doing that I’ll be making something so there’s never a time I’m not doing something to do with art!
Your ‘Broken Time’ jewellery line contains some unique ‘lost and found’ items- tell us about some the precious materials that go into your creations.
I find bits and pieces at op shops, markets, antique shops, and friends give me old bits they’ve collected, I just spread them all out and play around with things that match up.
Do you have any other projects on the go or in the pipeline?
Lots of awesome things to come…….
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
She may be a woman of few words, but her work says it all!
Visit her website at http://www.carlabenzie-artist.com/# and you’ll see why Carla has little time to talk.