WOMAN, DECONSTRUCTED

June 25

Dina Broadhurst is like that effortless French girl we all want to be,but with LA style and a cool Aussie attitude. She’s both chic and naughty, classy and provocative, maternal and minxy, haughty and friendly and is just as at home playing frisby in a park with her son as in a pair of Loboutins at a fashion party. Oh, and she is blessed with smouldering Italian good looks that work overtime in flawless fashions that finish off her killer bod. In short, you don’t know whether to high five her or frisk her (and I know of paramours who’ve ended up attempting both).

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Jokes aside, the pull is real –  and there are many things I’ve been loving on with about Dina in the 8 years that I’ve known her. First up, she’s an amazing, playful mother – with equal degrees of dote and cultural expansion in her repertoire to breed a curious and creative mind in her wonderful Aquarius boy. I love that she takes her seven year old son to art galleries and basically everywhere. I know now as mum I’ll (hopefully) do the same.

She’s an at once a sexy, edgy and classy dresser, mixing a French inspired insouciance with East Coast nonchalance. It’s a ‘supermodel off-duty look’ we all, at one time or another, want to emulate. Next, she’s a gun for hire writer for culturally trending publications – either the newly launched Buro247 Australia or underground cult site You Only Live Once. She writes with a depth, insight and sharp elegance not often accredited to the online space.  But most of all, she has one of the most aesthetically, artfully honed eyes for design and beauty I have ever seen in my lifetime of studying gorgeous things. Whether lending her interior design nous to corporate or private developments, styling luxury magazine shoots or decorating her own editorial-worthy Elizabeth Bay home, it is the kind of finished, high voltage look you would make a tear-sheet out of and put in your ‘one day, my dream’ file. It’s gorgeous, stylish, warm, on trend and  a little bit subversive – just like Broadhurst herself.

Brimming with the sensuality of her South Italian heritage, she is unafraid of sex and life – and has now lent her energy to her long desired medium of art. Describing her world as being”consumed” in pictures at large, her new body of work is focused in re-processing images from magazines, books and product packaging, as well as found objects and personal items such as her clothing (rest assured this too is understated high fashion). Using photography, collage, and mixed media such as drawing and painting, her collages and compositions investigate ideas of femininity, sexuality, censorship, editing, consumerism and the world of luxury goods and materials through colour, texture, and geometric displacement.

So of course, when the ever gracious Dina agreed to be ‘reviewed’, I had to know the approach behind her style, her art, her attitude to life.. hoping a little bit of that effortlessness will rub off. How the f*** does she manage to make everything look so good, all the while remaining grounded, lovely and that little bit fearless? Read on to find out.

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REVIEWED BY ALINA B: You are so creative and lend a beautiful touch to everything you do. Can someone learn the skill of decorating and design, or is it a godly-given talent?

Dina Broadhurst: Thank you! There are parts you can of course learn – and a lot of jobs are also very client-directed, but I have definitely moved away from work that is dictated like that. Taste is unique and a hard thing to explain and obviously it’s completely subjective. But I feel I have a highly trained eye, from a lot of education in many different forms, formal training, practical experiences, self teaching and above all, confidence and time pulls it all together.

 

Yes! So a client has asked you to decorate their home. What do you start with and what do you avoid?

 I start with what is there – the light, the space, the environment – and then I edit. Next, I go out into the world and get inspired. I look and I see and I absorb, with many pieces of many puzzles going at the same time. A mental correlation is made with a piece of art, a colour, even a feeling and I build from there. A lot is even subliminal. I sometimes look at a room after and see such a pattern or visual system that was created without consciously having mapped it out.
You have segued into art. What is the thought process behind your deconstructed fashion creations?
Each series has a theme or deeper study on an overall concept, involving our society’s mass consumption of imagery and our fascination with aesthetic beauty overriding depth and truth. The superficial surface and the fear to scratch beneath it. So I scratch through many mediums to unearth, dissect, and manipulate messages to encourage a new way of seeing.
What is your creative process like when you do your art? How long does it take, are you methodical, where do you start?

There is no start and finish. It is constantly in motion from walking down the street collecting found objects, peeling a piece of perfectly coloured fruit or taking photographs on a journey, to sorting and organising collections of things and editing. Some of my works have many variations and are in constant change, or revisited in a new way much later.


You are a writer for many awesome publications. Where do you source your stories and ideas?

Depends on my mood, my mind just takes me to a place I’d love to show off or art that has inspired me recently. It’s very much me personally and what I am crazy about at the time.
What makes a beautiful living space, in your opinion?

Life and feeling.

Who are some awesome artists you’ve discovered lately?
Tauba Auerbach for her amazing colour blends and photographer Viviane Sassen, again an incredible sense for colour, composition and form.
 What is your ideal way to spend a Sunday?
Eating, reading, taking pictures, and being outdoors.
 Date night – what do you wear and where do you go – in your ultimate fantasy?
I one hundred percent wear heels, it always makes me feel better and be more aware of my body and the way I move. Perfectly simple fresh Italian food and wine, somewhere intimate and moody is the way to my heart 🙂
 What are you working on next?
A solo show as well as putting together a group exhibition, possibly overseas.
 Main image – “Ambiguous Beauty N10” by Dina Broadhurst.
For enquiries and print purchases, email broadhurstd@gmail.com.