Today we’d like to introduce you to Katherine Ingui.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
In the most genuine way, I have always been drawn to the arts.
I think back to the root of this and consider my upbringing and how it shaped me. My parents always encouraged me to be accepting and open-minded, as well as patient and tolerant, and I think this contributed greatly to my love and appreciation for the arts.
As a kid, I attended art camps and private art classes and asked for art supplies for birthdays. As a teenager, I took every possible art class in school, played in the high school band, attended summer pre-college art camps, and submitted my work into art shows. I attended the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and studied ceramics, painting, drawing, and education, and I received my BFA (2010) and MAEd (2012) in art education. I fell in love with ceramics in college and maintained my dedication to drawing; I picked up a job as a freelance photographer and food writer; I began making jewelry and home decor items; I began doing portrait paintings for commission; I began sitting for figure drawing classes and other artists; and I studied abroad in Italy and conducted research on creativity.
I have made my passion for creating a lifestyle, and as an arts educator, I am driven to instill this in others. I have been teaching visual arts in public schools for almost eight years now, and ultimately my goal is to help my students create work that they are both proud and confident of. I create work in my classroom alongside students, as well as in my studio at home, and I balance time teaching and time creating. I identify as an artist, and I maintain my work to ensure that I don’t lose that side of myself, no matter how busy life gets.
Please tell us about your art.
Because of my background in studio art and education, I make many different things from different mediums that ultimately serve as decorative art pieces. I paint acrylic abstract paintings of landscapes on canvas; I paint portraits of people in ink; I build ceramic garlands and windchimes; I mold and paint clay necklaces; I draw long, continuous ink drawings in Japanese accordion books; I customize jean jackets, and I make pottery and clay kitchen utensils.
My love for the visual arts is pretty vast, and I create different things all of the time so that I am constantly learning and challenging myself.
I have acquired many skills as an artist and art educator that have really impacted my personal artmaking. I have taught almost every two-dimensional and three-dimensional medium in my art classes. Because of this, I have been able to add many different mediums to my portfolio and my Etsy shop.
Most recently, I have been prioritizing the acrylic landscape paintings. They are a direct response to my time spent traveling, and they reflect memories, adventures, and experiences. Growing up, I spent time painting nature and landscapes- mostly the South since it’s all I really knew- and now that I live out West, I find that I am inspired again to focus on the nature around me. I have painted landscapes based on Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Georgia, and I am hoping to add more to my portfolio during the summer months.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I find that being an artist requires that you embrace solitude. I find that being alone in my studio at home is one of my favorite things. I am a people person, and I am around people all day at school, so to have quiet time to really think through projects, challenges, color theory, and paint and work is a treat. Maybe I would feel lonely if I didn’t have my teaching career- but when I come home from a long day, and I walk into my studio, I am both inspired and encouraged to create. I feel that it is a privilege to be an artist, so I use my time working to honor that, no matter what I am making.
My advice to someone hoping to connect with other artists and creatives: reach out to people in your city or neighborhood about collaborations, go to events, try to show your work in public, and don’t underestimate the online community- social media and online shops can help you get started!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work in person and/or online. In 2017, I opened an online store through Etsy and began selling work regularly- first to people I knew, and now to people all over the world. I rely heavily on social media and word of mouth to support my work, and more recently, because of the increased support and attention, I have been able to collaborate with others and create custom pieces for individuals and businesses.
Community is important, and I am so thankful for supportive friends and family members who have encouraged me to show my work and create more pieces with purpose.