Following on from ‘Tea with Moxie’, our herald has become interested in the many different kinds of members in The Stove Network. She’s been catching up with and speaking to various members, and we’ll be introducing one every Friday over the next wee while. You can get in touch with Moxie on The Stove Herald facebook page here or by email.
This week, curatorial team member Katie is up:
Originally from the region and based in Annan, Katie is an installation artist and relatively recent graduate. She joined the Stove Curatorial Team in the summer of 2013. She sees her role as an artist as one of absorbing; questioning; experimenting and engaging – all the while taking tentative steps into the world. Her current focus is on developing her practice in Dumfries and Galloway; both independently and through collaborative working with the Stove – but as ever, with grand ambitions!
Tell us about your creative process.
I’m an installation artist, process-led and fuelled by engaging, experimenting, experiencing. I’m interested in audiences, communities and people. My works has hit a curious stage between collaborative public working with the Stove and my studio practice, it’s an interesting time!
What drew you to The Stove?
The opportunity to engage and work alongside a group of exciting and interesting individuals, and the sort of public art projects it created for Dumfries. First Foot was the first event I came across and it completely changed my perception of the arts in Dumfries and Galloway.
What’s your role within The Stove organisation?
I’m part of the Curatorial team, and I’ve run various projects including the recent House Warming event and speech bubbles as part of The Stove’s Open House. I’m also excited about social media and the opportunity it has to engage with audiences over a period of time, and in working with members of The Young Stove to create more opportunities for young creatives in our area.
Share your hopes and dreams for The Stove?
It’s been amazing being part of The Stove over the past two years as it has developed, and am really excited to see how it continues to grow. Now we have moved officially into 100 High Street, I’m really excited to see how we can grow our connections in Dumfries and the future of the town centre, and how we can create a space that is for Dumfries and the people who live, work and spend time here.
What’s the most exciting part of the Stove Process for you?
Working with an amazing array of talented people. Collective problem solving. Artistically approached flowcharts. Late night production nights. The power of coffee. Site visits. The sense of community. Welcoming in new faces.
What’s your favourite piece/event that you’ve produced?
Parking Space as part of The Stove@TheStove in October 2014 was a big game changer in the way I thought about the relationship between installation art, event management, and active occupation of space. I’ve written about it a bit [here] It was exciting and amazing to work with a huge team of talented folk, including established artists, emerging filmmakers and skaters.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
What songs do you carry closest to your heart?
My taste in music changes continuously, my current favourite obsessions are:
Theme from Becky – Kate Tempest
Iron Sky – Paulo Nutini
Slow dancing or fast talking?
Fast dancing and slow talking?
What instrument would you play if you could instantly master it?
My piano. One day.
Which three books have influenced you the most?
Edgelands – Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts
Space and Place – Yi Fu Tuan
Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts