Kate McCarthy is an amazing artist, we found her on Instagram! We love her paintings, mainly because we think they are deep, original and mysterious!
How would you describe yourself?
A bit intense with everything I do.
How would you describe your art?
This is the hardest question I ever get about my art and I can never adequately answer! The best I can say is it’s colour-dependent, flat, simple messy and neat. It’s quite reductive in that I’ll get rid of shadows, perspective- any kind of realism is erased, even if I’ve started out that way. For example, my last three works have had quite realistic elements in them, with texture, perspective, etc, but it’s all gone. I always come back to the cartoon, illustrations and tv shows of my childhood. My last piece looks like it’s directly from Richard Scarry book, but I didn’t plan it that way! If I have an idea and see another artist approach close to that same idea, I will forego the idea and create something new. I have a physical repulsion to trends.
How would you describe your field?
It’s rapidly evolving into something that doesn’t resemble itself even a decade ago. It’s hard and has become muddy.
What do you want to say through your art?
I want to address the core of ourselves, by giving the viewer the tools to use to find memories and dreams on their own.
Does your work comment on your social or political issues?
It does, but I never point to the symbolism out loud, only knowing it’s there for myself. There’s already enough platforms like YouTube and the mess of social media for people to blab on without me giving them a piece of myself. I think artists and performers etc should allow themselves a bit more sanctity and protection of their own spiritual space. We already give so much of ourselves, it can be draining.
What obstacles have you faced?
Many! I seriously pursued my art for my boys, but that in turn has given me obstacles to creating! You know, just the regular chores of being a parent. Anyway, I’ve noticed my work is better when I’ve been through an intense time.
What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?
Listen to your gallery director! There’s a very simple process to follow when holding a show: make the work to the absolute best of your talent, take great photos of the work in direct sunlight and supply the gallery with high and low resolutions, list dimensions, media and price (be guided on price from the director, too- they know their clients). Then drop the work off and leave it to the gallery. I’m so surprised at artists that don’t get this simple process and makethings complicated!
On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?
I feel immense support from my galleries and friends. I’m truly blessed, even though I’m a bit of a whinger.