DO YOU HAVE A FACE? DO YOU OFTEN FIND YOURSELF SITTING ON A CHAIR? DO YOU LIKE COLOURS THAT ARENT RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, BLUE, INDIGO OR VIOLET? IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THESE, KATE WILKINS PROBABLY WANTS TO DRAW YOU (IF YOURE LUCKY, SHE MIGHT GIVE YOU A HUG TOO). LET'S FIND OUT WHY!
THE BIG GREEN CHAIR
AKA KATE WILKINS WITH KIAN WEST
How would you describe the art that you make? I work in a few different mediums including clay, but I've always drawn. Love to draw, love to draw humans..... Charcoal is such a lovely sensual primitive substance. What are you working on at the moment? Currently I'm drawing large, mostly charcoal portraits of people who elect to sit in my large green leather armchair when they encounter it (and me ) in the street. The portraits are free to the sitters, but I keep them to show and then sitters can collect them at the exhibition. What's coming up next? It's pretty hard to top collaging the actual portraits all over Newcastle's most beautiful Heritage building; the old Post Office at the top end of Hunter st, like we did last Saturday, celebrating 250 life size portraits of Novacastrians! I'm going lo-fi now - small residencies that interest me, showing in small venues related to the sitters... all still free as a gifting practice, and also skill-honing for a while longer. When are you most creative? Love to be able to say "at such and such a time" but it's completely random for me. But I will say, I'm most creative when I turn up for work! Just ain't gonna happen if I don't show up. It's good for me to obligate myself to something... building up the charcoal miles. Who is your biggest influence/s? I can't really answer this one even tho I've got a Fine Art Degree and focussed a lot on art history... I am basically an expressive realist and drawers like Kathe Kollowitz, Durer, and William Kentridge are my heroes. If you could work anywhere where would it be? Newcastle's been fantastic to me. The encouragement and support I've found here has been amazing. Not sure I could've launched Green Chair anywhere else... Having said that, Green chair is headed for some travels and I think the place I'll love most is always where I am in the next moment of art making. The encounters and settling into an environment just get me going amazingly.... FACEBOOK: BIG GREEN CHAIR NEWCASTLE