Artist Interview: Katie Brightside
By Maria Maung
Upon the eve of her solo exhibition titled “Preloved” at M2 Gallery, BYO had a quick Q&A with artist Katie Brightside to find out what makes her tick as performance and installation artist and a brief rundown of we can expect from her latest work.
“Preloved” will be showing at the M2 Gallery (www.m2gallery.com.au) from Friday October 31st to Tuesday 4th of November.
Describe your work to us?
Summed up: the artwork incorporates the fashion crime of the century the 'onesie' which I feel has a plushophilia quality. This sordid grown-up baby-grow is comparable to a adult in a mascot plush suit; welcoming you to Disneyland in his cum-stained pants from rogering Snow White on the Tea-Cup ride just before the Parade.
What would you want the audience to take away from your work?
I'd like the audience to enjoy the adventure and autobiographical narrative of the work and think about what masks they wear on a daily basis.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced as an artist thus far?
There are no challenges just experiences that make the artwork stronger.
What inspires you as an installation and performance artist?
Feeling emotionally connected with the subject motivates me. Relationships form the heart of the work.
5 things I'm fascinated with and moved by?
Favourite place in the world?
My bedroom or sat on a kayak in the med reading a book and drinking canned lager.
Another artist you respect and why?
I’m fascinated with the debauchery and how far he pushes his performance. It's confronting and awkward and genius in the same breathe.
How do you see your art evolving?
I'm on an 8 year plan to get a Turner Prize nomination in 2022.
Where can we see more of your work?