Year of birth: 1985
Q1: When did you start making art?
I’ve been drawing ever since I was a little kid. My family was very supportive of my craft; providing me with the materials I need and supporting me in art contests and workshops I joined from elementary up until high school. Eventually, I kind of strayed away from art-making and took up a course in Organizational Communication. I was quick to realize though that my first course wasn’t my calling, so I shifted to Visual Communication, spending my whole 4 years in it aiming to get into the advertising industry. But it was during my last year in college that my interest in the fine arts was really piqued, thanks to a short course in Watercolor Painting I chose to get as an elective. From there, I started experimenting with watercolor and acrylics. It was only last 2012 that I started working on huge pieces and that I made the big shift to oil paint as my main medium.
Q2: What does inspire you?
The female form as a subject of sublime beauty; personal experiences and stories of women that resonate with mine; myths and faery tales; Asian fabric prints.
Q3: What are your techniques?
Jeet Kune Do and Muay Thai.
I am not very keen when it comes to technique as my focus is more on the content of my works, what story they are trying to convey. But I do paint in layers.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
My works are emotive and they echo the female experience. They depict dark emotions with themes such as death, betrayal, grief, and loss as usual subject matters.
Q5: What is the main color of your art?
Mostly autumn shades, reds, and purples. While I like to put in a lot of colors in my works, I make sure that they are subdued and not too vibrant.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
As of the moment, I am working on improving how I render skin tones and trying to create more depth in my paintings. I’m sure I’ll find more areas to improve on as I progress in my career as a visual artist as it is a continuous learning experience.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I’m currently working on a few flamenco-themed pieces for a mini exhibit on August, and 22 large ones for a major solo exhibit on November. My Project 52, in which I am attempting to come up with one quick drawing per week for the rest of the year, is also still ongoing although I have yet to scan and upload my works from May until July. For regular updates, you may check out either my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/katrinapallonart) or my Tumblr (http://katrinapallon.tumblr.com).
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of katrinapallon.
Conceptual, subdued, thought-provoking.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
HERE you see “Purple Flowers for Feliza.” Not really my very first work, but it’s one of the first watercolor pieces I made when I took painting seriously as a career. I made it back in 2008 as a tribute to my grandmother who passed away in July of that same year. It features two grieving women, representing me and my sister, with orchids and irises spilling out of their chests. Purple was my grandma’s favorite color.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Primarily, it would be the medium. I started working with watercolor and acrylic but have now been working consistently with oil. While the subject matters and imagery might still be the same, I have recently taken a new liking for viscera. So aside from my usual skulls, bones, and hearts, expect to see a lot of entrails interspersed with flora in my new works.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Art for me is a medium with which to capture and celebrate dark moments of my life and existential thoughts with stories hidden through symbols and metaphors. Painting has become a way for me to reflect on them – a catharsis of some sort, while somehow savoring them as these are the moments that make me feel all too human. Tales may vary, but these experiences are universal, and it is through telling my stories through my paintings that I seek to reach out and offer a bit of consolation to the viewer who is undergoing or has undergone the same.