Reinvention is an art form in itself. Australian model Amy Finlayson has begun her transition from high fashion to fine art. We played mixed medium with the platinum blonde – translating her work whilst getting to know the creativity behind the beauty.
First of all, how did you become a model?
The Vivien’s Live City Face Model Search
What are some of your career highlights?
Italian Vogue with Steven Meisel, Italain Vogue with Steven Klein, French Vogue with David Sims, Benetton with David Sims, Another Magazine with Mikael Jansson….and many many MANY other incredible editorials I will be proudly showing off to my Grandchildren.
What piece of advice would you give to your younger self now?
Relax and enjoy the ride more. If anything, I look back and feel I didn’t soak the experiences up enough.
Did you feel like you grew up fast because of the nature of the industry?
Yes most certainly. I feel that I am almost regressing in maturity sometimes. Having to be so professional and focused at 17 can be difficult, yet it has shaped the woman I am today- determined, intuitive and focused.
What is your first memory of art?
The very first is painting in kindergarten. I used to take home my works and my proud parents plastered the dining room with my scribbles.
When did you begin to think about exploring the path of an artist?
I had a bit of a crisis at 21…modelling was slowing down, inevitably, and no one warned me that there was this point in your early 20’s where you really really had to think about the rest of your life, post modelling. I decided to start by studying my passion. I got hooked on the creative process in high school where I would spend my lunch times finishing projects between modelling jobs. It was such an exhilarating experience creating something beautiful from scratch and I knew I needed to regain that passion.
Did you find people were skeptical in the beginning?
Not to my face, but I am sure people have skeptical opinions. Models have a strong stereotype, and its also not the easiest thing being a woman in the arts, so the odds are against me, but I really am determined to get push through it all and create a business I am proud of.
What’s been the hardest part about the transition?
Associating with a new identity. Ever since I turned 13 I have been a model with someone telling me where to go and what to do, but changing professions so early on in life has been somewhat challenging as I am making a lot of this up as I go.
Which artists have inspired you on the journey so far?
Definitely Quentin Jones as she was also a model, and has a unique style that is influenced by fashion, yet not consumed by it.
What advice would you give to other models looking to pursue interests outside of the industry?
Start early. Modelling is so flexible so use your down time well to get ahead- everyone else is already forging on in their professions full time, so take this time to combine all your strengths to make an amazing future for yourself.
What do you think makes good art?
What drives you to create?
I can’t name it, but it’s definitely innate and non-negotiable.
There is a piece of me, a voice, an expression, that needs to be shown or else it just feels like I am cheating myself by not doing what makes me happy, and if someone else likes it too, well, that’s an absolute bonus and a fantastic win win situation.
Photographer Thom Kerr. Body paint and makeup Becca Gilmartin. Hair by Luke. Artwork by me.
Thank you to Laud Magazine for a great interview.