Sara Khamkoed

:: AGE

29

:: LOCATION

Thailand

:: MEDIUM

Mixed media drawing, printmaking, artist books, and a notebook for writing stories

:: IDENTIFIES AS

Australian artist, writer, mother and daydreamer

As a womxn, why do you think it is important to create?

It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of everyday life. Taking a moment to create something opens up opportunities to play. Playfulness is important! It allows us to relax, be expressive, connect, discover, and look at things from different angles.

What has been your proudest moment as an artist/creative?

When people connect with my work in some way it’s a great feeling. I like my work to be interactive whenever possible.

Describe the space that you like to create in?

Wherever I am! I try to always have a notebook or sketchbook in my bag to capture little ideas and images. As I’m travelling at the moment I find space wherever I can. On my balcony watching motorbikes zoom by below in Vietnam, on the bus while holding my sleeping baby, in a bungalow in Thailand, anywhere!

What is your earliest memory of making art?

Painting a picture of a woman in a garden with my Nana. She is a wonderful artist and poet, and is a big inspiration for me.

Do you have any words of advice for young womxn/artist/creators out there?

Connect with other creatives. Having people around who inspire you will keep you motivated and help you develop your own work.

What social issues do you care about most?

Equality. No matter our race, beliefs, gender or sexual orientation we are all human beings who need to be heard, loved and respected.

What could you not live without?

My family! Also art, books and chocolate.

How do you make time to create?

I try to find little pockets of time in my day. Even if it’s just one hour, it still keeps my creative projects going.

How does your mental health affect your work?

I’m generally quite a positive person, but when I feel like I have too much to do and not much time, I get anxious. Taking time out to draw, write, or create something new is like giving myself a moment to breath. My work is usually quite positive and that is partly because I’m happy when I’m being creative.

Who are your influences/inspirations?

So many! Some of my favorite people right now are Marc Martin, Mem Fox, Rochelle Summerfield, Sally Heinrich, Zanni Louise, Dai Li and Jackie French.

What message do you want to spread with your art?

I hope to encourage people to look at the world from different perspectives and find wonder in the every day.