Liz. Do you ever get artist block?
Kate. Oh I always get Artist Block. I try not pressure myself too much, I know I have to make work but I also try not to be too cruel on myself. I know I’m going to have times where I’m not going to be inspired or as driven so I just allow myself to have that down time. I usually get artist block every year for about a month after Splendour.
Liz. Where do you find inspiration when that block is looming?
Kate. I guess I just look around and see what other people are doing. I often find myself in ruts where ‘I paint pictures so I am a painter,’ so I get locked into that thought. Whereas, with the collages, while they could be considered paintings in the elements they have about them, I sort of will allow myself to play a little bit more and take myself a bit less seriously. I think that is the way I find the biggest inspiration, just looking at different ways of making work and just going with it.
Liz. What is your personal process of producing work, start to finish?
Kate. Usually I would start with the idea, then source images to start to familiarise myself and get my head into that. From there I generally work with collage and be that collaging elements in drawings or in Photoshop, and just building elements and then slowly pushing it to the painting. The making is probably the most fun, I really enjoy constantly stepping backwards and forwards and seeing the process evolve. I don’t think I could really separate them to be honest though, they are all so imperative of each other that I can’t really have one without the other.
Liz. Does your work ever change from the original plan?
Kate. I’m a sucker for staying safe, so with most of my works I try to keep it as close as I can; but I also know full well that the image I have in my head is not going to be what comes out. In saying that, I look at some of the sketches I’ve done and they are all fairly close. The sketch is good because I can start to picture what it would look like on the canvas and I start to introduce myself to that image before I actually go for the big jump on to the canvas.