November 15, 2016

5 Questions with Kate Banazi

Her bold and bright art is now for sale at TenOverSix.

Multicultural artist Kate Banazi is the newest artist to land at TenOverSix. Australian-based and British-born, Banazi’s work concentrates on bright at bold silk screen prints presented in a variety of playful styles. Check out our interview with her below, then see pieces from her “Perspex” for yourself inside Commerce Street’s TenOverSix.

IMG_4774A lot of your art features bold prints and graphic patterns. Why are you drawn to these elements?

There’s something about the dynamic juxtaposition of shape and colour which speaks to me on a familiar, and yet challenging, level. My family background is mixture of Celtic, Indian, and African, so elements of those cultures are always quietly informing my work as well as my interests in geometry, science, and cosmology.

How does the “Perspex” collection differ from the rest of your body of work?

They are a continuation on from my body of work, but it’s a more immediate spontaneous personal take on the moment. They are all about the layers, the shadows, and the spaces in between—there are sometimes unexpected contrasts when the pieces come back framed, which changes them again. For me, the boxes for me are the process of relinquishing control and embracing the unanticipated.

What’s your favorite color to work with and why?

I have no favourite colour, there are times when I am more drawn to monochrome than to full colour saturation, but there would be no way I could chose just one!

Your work is not retouched. Why is this important to you?

Silkscreen printing is very process driven and a lot of work goes into creating the perfect flawless print, retouching the screen, accurate overlays, the list goes on to the point that it can often look like a digital reproduction.

When I make a perfect flawless print, there is something missing—a lack of the human touch—and it feels in some way one step removed from the piece I intended to create, as if somehow it is lacking and a generic computer print out. I want you to see that I made this and that any of those beautiful ‘flaws’ should be celebrated.

For “Perspex” especially, which is a hugely unforgiving substrate, I  love the amplification of all the irregularities, the sum of which create depth and beauty. A plastic facade feels to me much like my best face put to the world, but in truth,  its all about the chaos behind it.

What is the process for creating a piece from “Perspex” like?

The process starts with exposing the patterns onto silkscreen ready to print. The patterns are often linear grids that overlay one another, jarring and interlocking. From there, the perspex will be prepared and I have a special silkscreen ink formulated to work with it and then I will hand print in my studio.

I often have an idea of how I intend the outcome to be for each individual piece, but more often than not an unexpected shape or colour will come to the mix that pushes it in a new direction.

I want each piece to be as spontaneous as possible, an encapsulation of what I felt was right at that moment. I love how they appear quite different from a distance, to up close.

How when lit up, wether via natural or artificial light, gives them another element of surprise—life captured.