Flynn Talbot (*1981) is an Australian lighting artist and designer based in London, UK. Talbot creates lighting installations and commissioned pieces for galleries and unique buildings along with innovative lighting products for serial production.
Talbot’s starting point is always the same for each project. He begins with the consideration of the “light effect” and constructs each project around it. Every decision and detail is made with the quality of light and user connection in mind. Talbot does not believe in being bound by style, material or form. This method creates a timeless quality and a strong point of difference in his work.
How important for you was the legalization of gay marriage in Australia? What has changed?
As you will see in the film of Full Spectrum, I was home in Australia at the time when I was conceiving Full Spectrum. I believe in basic human rights and I was proud to celebrate this occasion with my new installation. I believe that people have forgotten basic ideas of loving each other to create a better world so it was perfect timing to bring some attention to that. People should be free to love and do what they like and not be so controlling. Now Australia is more open and more forgiving and that is a good message for the many other countries where gay marriage is still not legal.
What was the reaction of the public when they saw your work?
I received a lot of very positive feedback from this work. It is not easy to try and encapsulate the feeling of love through an installation but when people walked through the hanging strands of rainbow coloured light, they were able to touch and interact with the light source and I feel this moment purveyed the right story I was trying to create. It was a site specific piece that responded very well to the physical form of the space so it felt grounded and at home within the vaulted architecture.