Today we’re joined by Katherine. Katherine is a phenomenal visual artist who demonstrates an incredible amount of versatility in her subject matter. Her pictures range from extremely detailed to abstract. Basically, she loves to draw and draws whatever strikes her fancy. She’s a passionate and dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I draw things based off my experiences I’ve had or how I’m feeling in that current moment. It has a weird range of being super complex and detailed, or super simple and abstract. Loads of my work deals with mainly words but I of course love the drawing more.
What inspires you?
Anything and everything really. News stories, current events, other artists, movies, plants – essentially anything!
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Actually no! I hated drawing at one point because I had a set idea of what drawing was. I always thought ‘if it isn’t realism, it’s not art’ and as I grew up I began to realise that that’s really not true! Art is whatever you’d like it to be! My best friend, he is an amazing artist and asked me one day to just draw. He told me to just grab some paper and scribble or draw an eye – something simple. Ever since then I started building my style and what things I draw.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
In loads of my work that has backgrounds that are one solid colour – for instance an ink painting where certain areas are totally black, I like to write positive words there. Little things like ‘I hope to be happy’ ‘My life will get better’ because I feel like when I do that I’m releasing all that good energy into the universe for it to come back to me. I do it sometimes with certain watercolour paintings too – but those are quite easy to see so I mainly prefer doing it with my solid ink paintings.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever compare yourself to anyone. That was my first biggest mistake when it came to my art. I started comparing and getting discouraged and it made me really not want to create anymore. Once I stopped doing that, the confidence in my art skyrocketed. Loads of young artists are into I guess we could call it ‘taboo’ art that’s not traditional at all and to me, that’s so amazing! We need more unique artists like that! Do what makes your heart happy.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Demisexual definitely. I can’t feel a sexual attraction towards someone just randomly or because they are very good looking – I have to truly feel something with that person for me to have any sexual attraction even if it’s a small thought.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
The most common one I get is ‘that’s normal though, don’t need a fancy label’ and that has just been so annoying lately. I wouldn’t say it’s prejudice but mainly ignorance of what it is. I usually tell them ‘thank you for your opinion!’ then it’s over and done with. I tend to just ignore as well as it kind of annoys me and can get me down sometimes.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The most common one – I swear I get told this daily from the followers that know, ‘So one day you want to have sex with someone but the next no’ which is so annoying how that was even a question but I understand where they are coming from considering when I didn’t know what this truly meant – I thought similar things. I’m not as open with it anymore because of the constant questions so this was my way of talking about it again.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You’ll figure it out! Give yourself some time. You can’t just figure it out instantly sometimes and that’s okay. Always remember your feelings are 100% valid and you deserve love and happiness.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Katherine, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.