Jesse Wright is one of Toowoomba’s young and aspiring artists who in 2012 completed his Diploma in Visual Arts at SQIT. Since then Wright has created some incredibly unique artworks such as his recent collaboration with Stephen Payton at GroundUp Espresso.

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Jesse Wright works tirelessly throughout the Toowoomba community to create incredible events such as ‘Winter’s Embrace’ that occurred last weekend. This week, Jesse sat down with me at his studio with the bright blue door, The Bower, to discuss the work he does.

K: How long have you been immersed in the  art world? What are your latest  works?
J: HEY! I have always been creative but in mid 2009 decided to stop working full time and start studying full time Visual Arts at SQIT. This led me to complete a diploma of visual arts and gave me key connections in the community. My latest works have all been sculptural, I reuse a lot of rubbish and old things I find, most recently old nails that I have pulled out of pallets to create an urchin for a showing next month and I’m currently working on a kinetic installation that will be installed in a local park as part of a project with Arts Council and lined up with Carnival of Flowers.

K: What Inspires you?
J: My inspiration comes from the little human experiences I have daily and memories from my childhood, my work often revolves around recreating personal moments/ thoughts and trying to connect an audience with a physical space. My inspiration comes from the little human experiences I have daily and memories from my childhood, my work often revolves around recreating personal moments/ thoughts and trying to connect an audience with a physical space.

K: What is your favourite style of art? Why?
J:I love transforming spaces and being able to create an atmosphere where I can bring out peoples imagination or emotion. This has led me to create all sorts of installations and also the venue designer for Urbanation.

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K: Tell us about Urbanation and your work with them and events such as last weekend’s Winter’s Embrace. 

J: Urbanation is a small collaboration between a few passionate people excited for mixing the arts with music and sharing it with the local community. We have currently held six of these secret events around the Toowoomba CBD each time using a different underutilised space from backyards to carparks. Our biggest and most recent, Winter’s Embrace, happened in the old dairy farmers factory with Gang of Youths from Sydney headlining. The next Urbanation event is happening in a couple of months and I have my eye on a space that I think would be incredible to dress and have open to the public.

K: What work are you involved with currently in the Toowoomba Community? What is currently occurring for you? 

J: I have also recently begun working with members at the Toowoomba Club House as an Artist in residence workshopping things like pallet furniture, macrame, garden sculpture etc.

Along side Jesse’s strong work with the community is his local studio The Bower, where he continues to focus and further improve his various artistic values. If you wish to find out more about Jesse Wright’s work jump online here www.jessepaulwright.com

Kobi Cooper