COLLECTIVE CONVERSATIONS . . . 11 Questions with Artist + Illustrator Minna Gilligan!

In a period of time when we're inundated with what feels like consistent bad news, we wanted to put some emphasis on the positive. This is the first instalment in our mini-series "Collective Conversations," a bi-weekly segment focusing on a woman we think is awesome + what she's all about. This week we're talking to über-talented multi-medium artist Minna Gilligan. She's an artist, illustrator, dog mum, sustainable shopper and lover of all things vibrant and colourful (like us). We chatted to her about art, the unknown, perception and being kind to yourself. 

1. Describe yourself in three words? 

Vibrant, sensitive, loyal

2. How have you been staying motivated? 

I’m staying motivated by working to a routine, exercise in the morning, then home to get dressed reasonably properly and put on a pair of shoes! Creatively I’m trying to fit in a drawing every day. I’m working my part time job from home, teaching from home, and also working on my art from home, so my little home studio has become a multidisciplinary space. It’s hard to compartmentalise in these times.

3. Something that you’re passionate about? 

I’m passionate about my art practice. I like the idea of leaving behind a legacy. I am passionate about making that legacy interesting and valuable (not in a money sense!)

4. Who do you most admire? 

I admire a lot of people, but at the moment particularly people who selflessly put others before themselves. I’m particularly thinking of health workers and carers all over the world in these times. The nature of their daily sacrifices is particularly at the forefront of my mind. I am amazed at their resilience and unwavering kindness.

5. What scares you the most about the unknown?

I think what most scares me about the unknown is the idea of things being different or tough and me not coping with that. The unknown in my head is usually always negative (I know that’s anxiety talking!)

6. What is something you’re proud of? 

I’m proud of my resilience over the years, of my dedication to my practice despite outer forces attempting to derail that.

7. What's something you do to be kind to yourself? 

Eat junk food, watch trashy TV, do a face mask, pluck my eyebrows, do a drawing.

8. What are you most looking forward to post-isolation? 

Spending time with my family hands down!

9. How do you align and connect with your intuition?

I am pretty in touch with my intuition. I rarely have difficulties making decisions as I usually know immediately which direction I’d like to go in due to having some sense of each path. I just listen to how I’m feeling, and I’m quite sensitive so that information is pretty loud. I like to think I know myself pretty well.

10. What's an assumption others make about you?

I think there are a fair few assumptions about me out there. I think the hardest thing is people not taking me seriously as a fine artist because I care about makeup and dressing and post selfies online. I’m slowly challenging this perception (hopefully) I think it’s just about longevity to my practice, and proving to everyone that I’m not going anywhere! Ha ha

11. Is there an item you would like to see from Collective Closets in the future? 

I love your pinafores, as they’re so versatile! So I guess more of those in different prints I’d love to see! <3

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