Who are you, where do you live and what do you do?
I’m Jack Bailey, I live in Byron Bay and I do what I gotta do.
Describe your lifestyle?
It’s a tough question. Indulgent, hectic, punctuated by points of mellowness, bliss, confusion, anxiety, desperation, love, social anxiety, punctuated by more moments of being hidden away from all the normal people in the world.
What’s your biggest dream?
Fullfilment. creatively and spiritually
What excites you about the world?
How do you begin or end your day?
Sleep and sleep. I generally wake up at 4 in the morning. I contemplate for about half an hour what I’m going to do when I get up, then I walk around in circles for about an hour. Then I go to work and I’m tired because I’ve been walking around in circles, I procrastinate a fair bit when I’m at work, then I try to get into some more kind of artistic projects, but I can’t because I’m generally too tired to focus on them properly, and I spend the majority of the day flaffing around with that kind of shit. Then by about 4 o’clock I’ve decided that there is no point me being at work or in the studio so I go for a swim or something, then I get home and trip out for a bit. Then I go and lie in bed and start thinking about all the shit I should have done and come up with these great ideas.
What song, singer or band do you love the most?
That’s a tough question. But I’d say Bowie would be up there, for his mad genius.
I really like Atahualpa Yupanqui but you don’t hear much from him anymore.
What was the last or most memorable book you read?
Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins. That, and Musash, by Eiji Yoshikawa
Whose words touch you the most? (eg. poet, author, songwriter)…
What is your dream collaboration?
I’m not sure if there is one. There’s endless possibility, constant evolution, right? David Attenborough. The world needs a new Attenborough, but I wouldn’t talk.
How do you find balance?
Put both arms out.
What is next for you?
Another interview. I’ve got a show at Christmas. It’ll be somewhere weird. More focus on things that make me happy. The fourth dimension.
Describe your philosophy of life in one sentence…..
The more time we spend removed from the mediocrity of society, the less we depend upon it.
You can find more of Jack Bailey’s epic landscapes and poignant philosophy at jackbailey.com.au