In Conversation with Katie Chauvel

Tell us about yourself.

Hi, I’m Katie! I like to do ink and brush drawings that mainly focus on the female figure. I normally keep the drawings pretty minimal with simple lines, but I’m starting to mix it up a bit with this and that. I like to draw the figure because all curves – whether they’re exaggerated or sometimes not as prominent – are beautiful. They’re almost addictive to draw. I have an Instagram @grapes.on.toast and a section on that I use to share drawings, mainly with other students from ANU.

Have you always been creative?

I’ve always enjoyed drawing but I think it was when I started publicly sharing my work with others that I realised it was something I really want to do with my time.

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Has being women-identifying informed your practice? If so, how?

Being a female has definitely influenced what I have chosen to draw. I want show a certain femininity in the drawings. The lines are so simple but can celebrate the shapes and curves in the female figure.

Name three women-identifying artists who inspire you.

Alexa Coe, Eliana Esquivel and Prue Stent are by far my top three.

Where do you see your artistic practice evolving?

I think lino printing is pretty cool – I’d love to get some carving tools and give it a go, and maybe even try something a bit more abstract.

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