MACHINERY / PLAYFUL / HOARDER / REFLECT / HOT WHEELS
Katie Curry is a 3rd Year Sculpture and Environmental Art student studying at GSA. Katie shares her thoughts on the unseen potential of found objects, her inventive studio solutions and the purity of the rural landscape.
Tell us a bit about yourself and where you're based.
I am Katie Curry, a Northern Irish sculptor and freelance painter, currently studying Sculpture and Environmental art at GSA. My childhood was spent on a farm, introducing me to industrial machinery at an early age. This sparked an interest in how things work in a mechanical sense. Growing up in the countryside allowed me to experience raw elements in a very pure way and this has had an impact on how I produce work now.
What do you make & how do you make it?
My work revolves around concepts such as Limits, Destruction, Consequences and Interaction. I combine these with a fascination for the unseen potential of disregarded and forgotten objects. Exploring the boundaries of these materials in a playful and childlike manner and allowing the object to dictate and narrate the direction of the sculpture.
My intention is to play with the viewer. This comes in many forms, such as misleading, tricking them with what they see and distorting reality. With this comes an underlying humour that adds an entertaining edge to my pieces.
What has been your biggest challenge to navigate?
With Covid19 and the sudden lockdown in March 2020 I was forced to move out of Glasgow and back to my family home in Northern Ireland with my parents… It wasn’t all that bad!! It turned out to be the most productive year for my practice.
My dad is a farmer and has many sheds filled with puzzling pieces of machinery and bizarre objects, some might say he’s a bit of a hoarder when it comes to scrap metal. I know where I get it from.
While living at home I took it upon myself to find a space where I could work, hangout and further my creative studies. I marched round the farm trying to source a shed I could commandeer. I found an abandoned chicken shed which no one had been in since the 80s, i decided to gut it and make it my own. After a few weeks of deconstructing metal coups, I was left with an amazing space.
I worked over summer in this home studio, but my biggest hurdle was having to come back to Glasgow. Where the space was limited and resources scarce. I’m lucky to still have the studio at home and have been splitting my time between coming up with concepts in Glasgow and making them a reality in Northern Ireland.
How do you think your practice sits in today's context?
I rarely make work in response to current events. It usually is made and then a concept or context falls upon it. This can make it quite difficult to identify where it falls in regards to today’s context. I enjoy this about my work, it exists as an object with little obvious meaning, allowing each person viewing it to devise a concept and reflect their own opinion.
What's next on your practice-agenda? Goals, projects or any upcoming shows perhaps?
I have been working on a project outside of my course with a fellow GSA student, Jess Wishart. Collaborating with Jess has been great as she is a skilled photographer but also my flatmate. All I can say atm about the upcoming project is that it involves fluorescent tights and Hot wheels!
Favourite studio food?
It’s gotta be a cup of tea and a digestive.
Something interesting you have seen this week?
I've not seen much that’s interesting unless you call endless episodes Desperate Housewives interesting!