Community Creatives: Neek Christie

Neek Christie is a young non-binary creative who uses both traditional and digital methods of drawing. They are a high-school student who spends most of their outer school time at Banyule Youth Services art programs or doing other art work. They most recently created artworks for the Express Youth Arts Showcase at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space in Ivanhoe, and is currently working on a graphic novel called Devil Devil.

How do you describe your creative practice?

A mix between pure unfiltered insanity regulated by an uptight helping of planning. Everything and everyone inspires me, it seems I am always coming across an idea.

How/when/why did you get into this area of work?

I used to have motor skill problems, writing and drawing when I was younger was a challenge but rewarding. Even once things cleared, I have just kept at it. I have been creating for as long as I can remember.

What are you working on at the moment?

A graphic novel project called 'Devil Devil', which is going through concept and writing stages at the moment.

Do you have a studio or work space? What is it like?

It is a small messy desk that is connected to our dining table, it is the best I have got.

What influences, inspires or energises your practice?

The world around me, I often find myself inspired by people I meet, places I go, media I consume, and generally the world energises some form of idea.

What does a typical day involve for you?

Wake up, go to school, get home, do homework. If no homework, just draw/create, help make dinner, relax, sleep. That’s a typical school day, but weekends are usually dedicated to creating stuff.

How do you define success? How do you celebrate your successes?

Success is when someone goes, 'that’s cool'. Or maybe getting work published/finished. I usually celebrate by maybe dancing around or getting something nice, but I don’t celebrate for too long. There’s still too much to do, and too little time to do it.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Probably the best advice I ever got is: 'Do everything even if it's risky or you think nobody would like it. There’s only so little time to get anything done, why not right now?'

Do you visit your local library? If yes, what do you love about libraries?

Yes yes yes. I love libraries, even though nowadays I usually am at my School’s library. I love the fact that everything is at your fingertips, from science fiction, to how rockets are made, and you can read it all. It’s also very quiet too, which I enjoy.

Where can we see more of your work?

Well, I have an instagram and a tumblr where I post where I am going to be and more art stuff!

More of Neek's artwork can be found at

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