Katherine tells us about herself with as simple Q&A

Q1 Who is Katherine?

I am painter living and working in Brighton. I teach art and photography. I also enjoy working on large scale and painting murals. I have been lucky enough to be commissioned across the city of Brighton and Hove to create internal and external murals for private clients and businesses. I was thrilled to be selected to paint large fibre glass sculptures for ‘Wild in Art' Brighton and Hove sculpture trails.

Q2 Where do you get your inspiration?

My current work explores themes around the Anthropocene. The human figure is largely absent and instead referenced by the extravagance and banality of objects of human desire that have caused destruction to the planet. My passion for kitsch pays a huge role in my image selection. Despite the bright colours and natural forms, the paintings have a slightly apocalyptic feel and there are symbolic hints at this such as the Mayan crop circle. I have always been interested in themes surrounding morality and mortality and I think my visual language is evolving as I develop a series of motifs to suggest deeper meaning to the montages. 

Q3 Did you have any training?

I Studied painting at The Slade School of Fine Art, which was amazing. I had the privilege of meeting so many artists with extraordinary talent, both tutors and students. I won the prestigious Slade life drawing award judged by Paula Rego.

Although the human figure can feature in my work, I often play with human representation via their absence, painting man-made remnants in their place.

Q4 How would you describe your art?

My paintings are made up of intense colours and intricate detail. I explore surreal and nostalgic dreamscapes that are laced with symbolism, motif and metaphor, evoking a pop psychedelia with a dark edge and enveloping a fictitious space that nonetheless resonates with the real. The work playfully explores themes that question the human condition and celebrate my love for nature.

Q5 What artists inspire you?

I could write a huge list! My biggest joy is soaking up art I love and discovering new artists. My current favourites are Jordan Casteel, Flora Yuknovich, Njideka Akunyili Crosby amongst old favourites like Hockney, Bacon and so many more, too many to list. I also love Boo Saville and the way she is able to perfectly render abstraction with the figurative. I adore listening to podcasts ‘The Great Women Artists’ and ‘Talk Art’ so inspiring and energising.

Q6 What does Sentiment mean to you?

The concept of Sentiment combines feelings of connection and the pull of belonging. Sharing a sentiment allows us to connect on a deeper level and art is a great way to embody this. The jigsaw shape is a beautiful motif of interlocking. As a teenager I had a mizpah necklace that I shared with a friend, I used to love knowing the pendant made a whole piece with the sum of both our parts.

 @katherinegriffinart

www.katherinegriffinart.com

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