Sylvester Sessions #75

Sylvester Sessions

Minna Leunig

Melbourne, Australia

What is it that you do?

I draw, using simple materials - pen and ink on paper mostly.

Which artists are you inspired by?

Marina Strocchi, Moonassi, Keith Haring, Basquiat, Matisse, David Shrigley - just to name a few. I generally find I’m most inspired by the people around me though, like my brother Gus Leunig and good friend Zoe Irving. I’m fascinated by the way everyday people do things (friends, family, neighbors, work mates) – and I find so many different people from all different fields inspiring in one way or another.

How do you define beauty?

I’m not sure how I’d define it but broadly speaking, I find beauty in nature and in things that are a little raw and wild and rough around the edges.

What are you listening to at the moment?

I’ve been listening to Kurt Vile pretty much nonstop. Also Angel Olsen, Twerps, The Roots and Badbadnotgood.

What do you do to relax?

I need a lot of alone time to recharge. I try to get out of the city as much as possible or at least down to the Merri Creek near my house, any green space really. Recently I’ve been trying to consciously limit the amount of things that I do, as I have a tendency to take on too much and then get stressed out. I find that doing less really levels me out. 


What is the last book you read?

Cats Eye by Margret Atwood.

Interview and photography by Amy Pearson.