Q&A with Katherine Claypole
We might not be travelling anytime soon, but there are still so many artists making amazing work we would like to visit.
First up with questions is a long time friend of Art Travel whose studio we have visited regularly over the years in Whanganui. Thanks @kjclaypole
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗮 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿? 𝗜𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗗𝗡𝗔?
I have, as long as I can remember, been a maker, from my first forays into crafts when I was I kid with a hand stitched kermit the frog out of green felt to my most recent piece I am working on right now. Yes you could say it is part of my DNA and it is just part of me like breathing in and out.
𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗮 ……..? 𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁, 𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿?
Probably artist first, even though I went to Unitec to do a Certificate in craft design majoring in glass I was soon seduced by painting and drawing. If I think of where I would prefer my practice to sit it is definitely within an art context rather than a craft stall at a market, however if Avid or Masterworks were to invite me to exhibit with either galleries I would not say no.
𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲?
I have just moved out to a beachside cottage out in Castlecliff Whanganui, it is small and my studio is now the front sunroom/lounge looking out towards the sea. It is sunny and light but not a lot of storage space. I have yet to fully settle into it yet.
𝗪𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗲𝗻𝗷𝗼𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴? 𝗢𝗿 𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗲𝘀?
heroes: Always Michael Borremans, I adore his paintings. Ruth Asawa wire sculptures, Agnes Martin, Sol Lewit. but you probably know all those peeps already.
𝗛𝗮𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲?
Covid… yes and no, it has been weirdly a good year for sales this year as there are more people who are willing to buy work online, so sales have been up and I was lucky to have a show up in Auckland before lockdowns. Where it has affected me most is my move from the perfect studio/home to a smaller more expensive one is directly because of the owner returning from England due to the world of covid. Moving is stressful and it takes me quite a while to resettle, not to mention we went into lockdown right when I was about to move so that was stressful.
𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸?
I am represented by Suite Gallery Auckland and Wellington and have a solo show there in February all pandemics aside.
I also show work at Brown and Co which is a lighting/design space started by Katie Brown glass blower in Whanganui.
@kjclaypole on instagram
I sometimes am part of group exhibitions at Space Gallery in Whanganui.
All works Copyright of the artist
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