Justine Watt - Scottish Emerging Sculptor Award Finalist

Justine Watt - Scottish Emerging Sculptor Award Finalist


Where are you from and where did you study?

Dunbar, East Lothian. I am in my final year at Edinburgh College of Art studying Sculpture.

How did you start making art?

I wanted to be an artist at a young age, but I took a different life path, finally I have had the opportunity to study art and am fulfilling my ambition.

Which art trends or ideas inspire your current work?

Much of my inspiration come from the materials, I love the process of deconstructing familiar objects and rebuilding them.


Tell me about your recent work?

I have been working mainly with unwanted materials destined for landfill. I deconstruct everyday, domestic objects, such as chairs, wonky candles and coat hangers, then use the materials as the core of my sculptures.

Tell me about your favourite medium.

Right now it is wood

Where do you find inspiration?

I am inspired by being at art school and been given the freedom to play and experiment. I am also inspired by visiting galleries, we are lucky to have world-class galleries on our doorstep with the majority free admission.


Is Scotland a supportive place for new artists?

Scotland has a wealth of talent in the arts and culture sector, there are lots of arts organisations who are very happy to share their knowledge with new artists, competitions like these are a great stepping stone to encourage and support young or emerging artists.

How do you develop your art skills?

I am lucky to still be at art school working with talented technicians whose help is invaluable.

How do you define success as an artist?

Success for me would be to do what I love and to be able to support myself whilst doing it.


Why did you apply for the Scottish Sculptor Award?

The Emerging Sculptor Award is a great opportunity for emerging artists like me, it’s a brilliant chance to receive mentoring from professionals and the chance to have a permanent artwork made and displayed in such a prominent position. I applied thinking I didn’t have a chance of getting shortlisted so when I did, I was delighted.

Tell me what your reaction was to visiting Edinburgh Park?

I was blown away by the amount of really great sculpture, and I loved the eye for detail, such as the street names created by the poet Janette Ayachi.

What impact would you like your art piece to have on Edinburgh Park – if you win?

I love the idea of my work raising a conversation about the beauty of everyday objects and how we can all be more sustainable.

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