28 minutes | Apr 30th 2018

002: Art education and what Erika Gofton wishes she had known

Erika Gofton is an artist based in Melbourne, and her work is fundamentally about empathy.  She is especially interested in exploring the intersubjective relationship of mother and child, in particular that liminal state of adolescence; the heightened internal fear and anxiety of being close yet distant in the same breath.

Erika is also the founder and Director of The Art Room, an independent art school in West Melbourne.  In this episode we discuss art education in depth - from Erika’s challenging experiences at university to creating art classes and sharing what she wishes she’d learned at art school with her students.

We also chat about how becoming a mother has positively impacted her practice, community, honesty and being an introvert.


/ Erika’s TWS portrait and interview is on our website at thiswildsong.com.au/erika-gofton/

/ See Erika’s work at erikagofton.com

/ Learn more about The Art Room the-art-room.com.au


Music: Rapture by Myfawny Hunter myfanwyhunter.com

Editing: Alana Helbig alanahelbig.com


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