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An interview with Kati Laforce – “I have always drawn. It's an essential part of my being."

“I have always drawn. It's an essential part of my being

Kati Laforce’s work includes drawings in various materials and paintings in acrylic. Since 2000, she has also been a teacher at SASK Deinze, Belgium.

Artyish asked her a few questions.

How did you get into this sector?

KL: As a child I loved drawing and making up stories. Originally I wanted to become a veterinarian or a biologist, but in secondary school it became clear that my talents lay more in drawing and painting. That's why I went to higher art education. I have a master's degree in liberal arts with a “free graphics” option. I now teach at KADE Beeld (Deinze).

Who or what inspired you to start drawing and painting?

KL: I have always drawn. It's an essential part of my being.

How would you describe your creative process?

KL: Everything starts with observing, recording images, but also with thoughts and feelings. In doing so, I start from my immediate environment or from current events. I take a lot of photos and I try everything in my sketchbooks. Sometimes a sketch becomes the start of a drawing or a painting, sometimes I start directly on a canvas. I know where to start when creating an image, but then I let the image take me, and I let coincidences and associations happen. Or as the poet Roberto Juarroz put it: “Seeking one thing is always finding another.

Which artists have inspired you the most?

KL: I have been inspired and touched by many artists! If I had to pick a few it would be Pierre Bonnard, Raoul De Keyser, Thierry De Cordier, Louise Bourgeois and Mark Manders.

What have been your highlights so far (exhibitions, reviews...)?

KL: My work was exhibited at Buy Local I, Kunsthal, in Ghent (17/07–13/08/2020) as well as during its second edition (02/07 – 29/08/2021). From October 31st, 2020, to May 2nd, 2021, I was part of the exhibition Drawing in Lockdown in SMAK Ghent. My work was also featured at Belgicart (2/07 – 5/09/2021), Iceberg Foundation, Damme.

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