Congratulations to Columbus Idea Foundry artist Kate Morgan for receiving the Greater Columbus Art Council’s (GCAC) Emerging Artist Award. Kate was featured in Columbus Alive during the 2012 Columbus Arts Festival. She most recently attended the Independent’s Day festival in Downtown Columbus, Ohio. Want to learn more about Kate and her artwork? Read on for a brief Q&A with this promising, up-and-coming artist.
Born in Syracuse, New York but raised in Columbus, Ohio. At one point I thought Columbus sucked, so I moved to a couple of other states before I realized Columbus had everything I wanted!
BFA in Photography from Columbus College of Art & Design (though I have drawn for as long as I can remember). I took a 10 year break from college before I came back to finish, for me it was what I needed to do. I have also assisted wedding and commercial photographers for several years now.
What do you make/do?
Photography, a lot of photo-illustration/
Describe your process:
A LOT of trial and error (and being ok with the error part!) I like to layer things; digital photos in Photoshop, drawings with paint and paper. I usually work in spurts of productivity. It seems I have a short attantion span, so I have to switch things up a lot.
What is your favorite project?
Anything where I can get my hands dirty, that is one thing for the digital world of photography that disappoints me. I need to touch what I make – it’s a connection between me and the piece of art I make, it’s what gives character & depth. Using your hands teaches patience, respect for your materials/safety and I think it’s way more fun to make a mess than to click a mouse.
What inspires you?
Old art, new art, people, stories, colors, blurry shadows in the night.
What project do you have in the back of your mind that you really want to do “someday”?
A series of at least 20 life-size/slightly larger figures in 2D mixed media. I have a new fascination with big art.
Kate Morgan will be showcasing her artwork at the upcoming Winter Fair (Nov 30 – Dec 2). If you’re interested in viewing samples of her work, you can visit her Etsy page, or go directly to her website: Kate Morgan Image Design.
Contributors: Kelsey Kissner & Nathan Allen.