Painting in Freefall – my conversation with artist and skydiver Michelle Nirumandrad

“I originally wanted to bottle a cloud…”

Insta: @captured sky art / FB: @captured sky art

In this mini-series of the podcast, I’m focusing on the topic of Creative Risk – diving into practices that embody a high degree of risk taking and uncertainty, but in very different ways.

In this episode I’m speaking with sky jumper and artist Michelle Nirumandrad who collaborates with the wind on a concept called ‘Captured Sky’. What this looks like in practice is Michelle literally jumping out of airplanes with paint and canvas, and collaborating with the sky as she falls, to create striking artworks that literally ‘capture the sky.’

In this conversation we cover a host of topics about her practice including:

  • How she first conceived of working this way
  • The incredible technical and creative challenges that arose, and that she is continuing to grapple with
  • How she re-purposes her waste materials to create more artworks

And a fantastic creative challenge at the end.

So please enjoy this inspiring and exhilarating conversation!