How did your artistic journey start, Kirstie?
My brother was studying Graphic Design a good few years ago and that encouraged me to begin drawing and painting in my free time. I was stuck in a 9-5 job that I hated and that made me take the leap to study Art and Design.
How did you arrive at the theme of your work?
The piece I’m exhibiting is inspired by the theme of ‘destiny’ and how we as humans are all destined to the same fate; death. I think it’s important to highlight the fragility of life and live yours to the fullest. This is an unusually deeper piece of work compared to my typical style that takes inspiration from the Eighties and Japanese culture and features a pastel colour palette.
Can you walk us through your creative process?
I don’t typically have a process as such. I tend to just doodle in a personal sketchbook or on my iPad and then assess what I like and take it further. I try to use a range of mediums, I don’t like to limit myself to one particular material.
How has your practice changed over time?
Studying at college and university has definitely helped me find out what makes me, me. I’ve realised what my strengths and weaknesses are and work with them to help create work that people can relate to or simply think ‘oh I like that!’.
How do you overcome creative blocks?
I take creative block in stride. I try not to be too hard on myself because being an artist and having to come up with new and better ideas is really difficult! Looking at other artists and drawing inspiration from them always helps me whether it’s just browsing the internet or taking a wee day trip to a gallery or creative space.
Who influences you? Which other artists work do you love?
Video games and anime have always been a significant part of my life and the work of Yoshitaka Amano never ceases to amaze me. His work is so ethereal and pretty. Pip and Pop is another artist I adore. I’d love to create a whimsical installation piece like their’s one day!
What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there so work hard and try not to compare yourself to others. Celebrate your individuality and definitely interact with other creatives and like minded people to help your confidence, we’re all on the same boat.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about your work or your experiences as an artist?
It’s a ruthless industry so be prepared to take some hits along the way but don’t give up! It’s these experiences that will shape your future.
See Kirstie’s work at our Summer Show, running at Six Foot Gallery until 6th July 2023.