THE SIX FOOT GALLERY INTERVIEW: Kirsten Henderson (Saturate Your Mind)

Kirsten Henderson is an abstract artist specialising in acrylic painting, and experimenting with lino and digital techniques. Kirsten’s work is inspired by identity and music, and how they connect through emotions.

Hi Kirsten! How did your artistic journey start? 
From a young age, my fascination with art has been a constant thread in my life. As I journeyed through college, I found myself at a crossroads, uncertain of the path ahead. It wasn’t until I embarked on my HND Art and Design program that my creative odyssey truly began. Here, amidst the canvas and colours, the spark of abstract painting ignited within me, propelling me into a realm of boundless imagination. Since then, I’ve eagerly delved into a multitude of techniques, eagerly experimenting with mixed media to further enrich my artistic expression.

How did you arrive at the theme of your work?
When I paint, I immerse myself in the depths of my emotions, allowing them to guide every brushstroke. In this particular piece, my intention was to intertwine my emotional landscape with my identity. I chose to incorporate the elements of music and my fingerprints, each imbued with their own distinctiveness, to express the essence of self in a singular artwork. 

What emotions or reactions do you hope viewers experience when they see your artwork?
As viewers gaze upon my artwork, they are immediately enveloped in a sense of awe. Vibrant and uplifting colours dance across the image, invoking feelings of joy, curiosity, and inspiration. Each colour tells a story, inviting viewers to contemplate and delve deeper into its meaning. My art serves as a catalyst for introspection, provoking viewers to reflect on their own experiences and emotions. With every glance, a new layer of significance reveals itself, leaving a lasting impression on those who dare to explore its depths.

How do you know when a piece is complete? 
Honestly, I’m never quite sure when I’ve reached the finish line with my artwork. There comes a moment where I just have to trust my instincts and decide it’s time to stop and move forward. I’m always cautious about not overworking a piece, as that can detract from its overall impact and make it appear cluttered. It’s a delicate balance between adding the final touches and knowing when to step away.

Which artists inspire you? Are there non-artistic influences such as literature or music that impact your work? 
One artist who truly inspires me is Niamh McFarlane, a recent graduate from the University of Stirling. Much like myself, she channels her emotions into her abstract artwork. However, my creative process is also heavily influenced by the music I listen to and the emotions I experience in the moment. These factors deeply impact the colours I choose and the direction in which I take my painting, resulting in a unique expression of my inner world.

See more of Kirsten’s work on her Instagram @kirstenhenderson_art_ and as part of the Saturate Your Mind exhibition, which runs at Six Foot Gallery until Thursday 9th May.

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