Humans of SOVS: PhD Student: Ephrem Sitiwin

Wednesday, 28 March, 2018 - 15:15


"I came across Van Gogh and Picasso when I was very young – about five or six – and was immediately obsessed with them. They were classically trained but then developed their work into something completely out of the box. It’s resonated with me all my life. Like them, I don’t want to be constrained by rules when I paint. 

When I was younger, I financed a trip to Europe to promote and sell my art. I didn’t really have a plan. I just got on a plane and wanted to see what would happen. I wasn’t afraid to go without a safety net – in fact, I was happy to go without one. Aside from painting, I did some singing and recordings with friends in Stockholm and Milan, but that’s story for another time.

The artworks featured in the collage show some of my abstract pieces. This has been my favourite style of art for as long as I’ve been painting. But I’ve also moved into doing landscapes; especially of beaches and oceans. Growing up in Borneo and living around the beaches of the Eastern Suburbs for the last 25 years, you can't but not fall in love with the serenity of beaches."

Ephrem Sitiwin is a PhD student at SOVS. His PhD topic is on "Human choroidal melancytes" under the supervision of Associate Professor Michele Madigan and co-supervisors Associate Professor Max Conway and Dr Svetlana Cherepanoff.