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Dip Into Another Reality Together With Katy Ann Gilmore

Katy Ann Gilmore

Today let’s dip into another reality filled with intricate geometric patterns together with an artist Katy Ann Gilmore, based in Los Angeles area. Her works explore and question scientific theories and human perception. The artist goes deeper into the objects that surround us, creating her own interpretations through beautiful detailed drawings and 3D pieces.

Elaborate Katy’s artworks can be found on her website as well as on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

And now let’s see who is behind these beautiful creations…

What do we need to know about you?

I’m an artist based in the Los Angeles area predominantly working in drawing and 3D. I studied mathematics as well as art in undergrad, and I love bringing different fields of study together into my work. I don’t think any subject of study is so disparate that it can’t be influenced by another.

I’ve always felt myself a bit of a hybrid, ultimately interested in art, but always studying other ideas to bring into my work. This was a bit of a challenge for a while – figuring out how my various interests came together – but, while completing my MFA, I worked to refine my conceptual practice and create a more natural expression of what I find interesting and curious about the world. It’s still a challenge, and I’m sure it will continue to be so, but I feel much more equipped to bring together various influences.


What are your daily inspirations? What motivates you?

I live near the foothills in Southern California which I think has shown itself to be a great inspiration for drawings. I’m inspired by topography, particularly when thinking about it in a mathematical grid form.

I’ve always had an internal drive to create and can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making something. This presented itself in many forms growing up (drawing, sewing, knitting woodworking, painting, etc.), but they were all tied by a love for tedium and repetition. This internal drive has become so instilled in my way of life, and that’s usually motivating enough.

Describe your creative process. What is your favourite part?

I have a notebook where I sketch out ideas, and, I’ve found that if I don’t spend time working them out and categorizing what’s a good idea and what’s not, I usually get pretty inundated. So, I often create small works to flesh out ideas and see if it’s something I want to pursue on a larger scale or with other mediums. I’m a huge proponent of just trying an idea. If it’s 2D, I use my same commitment to precision but just make it on a smaller scale. If it’s 3D, I create a small mock-up to see its potential.

I love when an idea works out well…or even better than expected. For my more topographical/mountainous drawings, I have a general idea of where I’d like the piece to go, but ultimately let it dictate a lot of itself as I work. I like that mix of the planned and unexpected when creating.

How does your workspace look like? What do you like about it? What would you change?

I have a few different spaces where I work as I like changing up my atmosphere every once in a while. I have a nice big desk by big windows where I’ll spend time drawing, and, in that same room, a corner that works well for
work. I also spend time drawing on my kitchen table for larger pieces.

I like to make my studio mobile whenever possible to get a fresh working environment…and I LOVE coffee. So, I often visit coffee shops when working on small, easily-transportable pieces.

Someday I’d love a huge open space where I can work on both sculpture and drawing in the same location. I do have a garage where I can safely work on 3D work and contain any dust, but I’d love to have it in the same location as where I draw. I find inspiration from 2D work and extrapolate to 3D (and vice versa), so someday I would love to have both works in the same visual space.


Describe your typical day.

I wake up early and start work right away- or after coffee :). I first spend a set amount of hours drawing (depending upon what needs to be finished), then I’ll move to email and more logistical tasks later in the day. If it’s a shipping day, I’ll make time to do that and any other errands. Then, at the end of the day, I’ll return back to drawing.

Each day varies slightly, one day may be more heavy on logistics, packaging, website updates, etc. than drawing. But, no matter what, I always spend time drawing.

Your tips for fresh artists, designers and makers

You’re always going to have either more time or money. Think about how you can maximize what you have to your advantage. Outsource when necessary, or spend more time doing it yourself if you have more time than money at the moment.

Sometimes I find myself being daunted or inundated by too many ideas. To fight that, I just tell myself to take it one step at a time and work. Figure out if an idea is worth pursuing. Then, place it to the side or pursue it.

Also – it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the creative competition out there. I think this is probably just a fact of the creative life. Be aware of what your contemporaries are doing and where the trajectory of your little sect of the art/design/maker world is headed, but still focus on your unique voice and aesthetic. What can you say that nobody else can?


All the images used in this post belong to Katy Ann Gilmore.

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