Getting to Know Artist: Kate Dunn
Your art looks like scenes that has come straight from a children’s picture book - are there any shows or books from your childhood which inspire you?
I wouldn’t say consciously but I loved monsters and spooky things from a very young age. I loved the Deltora Quest series by Emily Rodda, and one time the illustrator from it came to my primary school and showed us how he did the art and I remember thinking it was really cool. I also really loved cartoons like Rocko’s Modern Life and Ren and Stimpy, where the animation was bright and over the top but really weird and unsettling at the same time.
You have some recurring characters throughout your work - is there some backstory with them?
They’ve developed over time from doodles honestly. I used to draw purely as a means of helping with my mental health and over time the characters have grown larger and more complicated and I’ve expanded into painting and other mediums. Over time I’ve also come to imagine my monsters as silent, genderless and slightly malevolent.
I’ve noticed you’ve made some shirts and stickers - what inspired you to branch into these mediums?
I had a few people actually ask me about shirts on my instagram @moonfurhat so I decided to make some after that. I think because my art is so character based, it's fairly easy to translate into other mediums so I think it was probably a natural progression.
Have you got any plans with your art for the future?
Definitely continue to work on it and develop it further. I’m going to be studying art full time next year, but other than that I would love to produce enough work for a solo exhibition. I’m also interested in learning animation, because I think seeing my monsters walking around would be really cool.
Who are some artists or galleries around Sydney you’re really digging at the moment?
There are so many amazing artists out there. At the moment I’m really loving @pewkazilla on instagram- I really love all the bright colours and textures. I also try and go to Good Space at the Lord Gladstone when I can because you see a lot of really great artists there as well.
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