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Apr202012

Profile: Artist / Writer Katelan Foisy's 'Phantasmagorical Landscape Portraits'

Katelan Foisy | Artist / Writer | Stated Magazine Profile

 
     
        (Photo: Beth Hommel)  
       

By Jimmy Aquino, Pop Culture Contributing Editor

After stints as a shop girl, model, tarot reader, and Mistress of Magic, Katelan Foisy started working in the arts professionally in 2003, focusing primarily on visual media and specializing in collage and acrylic mixed-media paintings. She is the author of Blood and Pudding, a memoir described as Sid and Nancy meets On the Road, and has illustrated for The Grammy Awards, Hallmark, Ode Magazine, CitySlang Records, and Out Magazine, and many others. In her spare time she blogs, models, and tends to her garden. She currently resides in NYC with her very bad cat named QPI.

 
           
 
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BEING
AN ARTIST
IS…?

   

…sleepless nights, lots of coffee, vision quests, mantillas, lace dresses, point and shoot cameras, self-portraits, jury-rigged contraptions, mixed-media messes on wood floors, melted candles, sage, and a little bit of madness.

 
         
     

 

 
           
         
           
 
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WHAT
ARE YOU
CURRENTLY
WORKING
ON?

   

One of the many studies for my new painting series about women and addictions, “Snow on the Roses,” and a bit more on my 1930’s wardrobe trunk. (I still plan to travel the world with it, even if I can’t lift it). Also the “Justice” card in my tarot deck. I like to work on a number of different paintings at once. That way, while one thing is drying I can keep working on something else.

 
 
   
         
                 
 
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WHAT
INFLUENCES
YOUR
WORK?

   

Really good spoken word. The Beat Generation, espiritisma, Frida Kahlo, animal totems, art nouveau, Paris street lamps, street art, decay, Francesca Woodman, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs; la vie boheme.

 
 
   
 
 
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OF WHAT PROJECT
ARE YOU
MOST
PROUD?

   

Probably the tarot deck and my new project, “Snow on the Roses.” I feel like both of these really define me as an artist, as a person. They have pushed my work to a new level.

 
       
   
       
       
   
                 
 
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WHAT’S
YOUR
DREAM
PROJECT?

   

I would love to travel around and make a documentary on all the amazing people I meet on my journey. A friend and I joke a lot that we will do this while living in a Gypsy caravan. The joke is there is none. I totally want to do this. I would also love for both “The Artists Tarot” and “Snow on the Roses” to travel as well. I love the idea of traveling art shows. I’d like to do more with my self-portraits as well.

 
 
         
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TO WHOM
DO YOU
LOOK FOR
INSPIRATION?

   

I’ve been spending some time with Taylor Mead as of late. When I met him, I realized very quickly that he would become a good friend. We bonded over Charles Mingus and Jack Kerouac and talked about dreams of traveling all over. Sometimes I can finish his sentences. He called me the female Jack Kerouac once. When I asked him about it the next week, he said, “I’m 87 years old, I can’t remember what I ate for lunch.” I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of his world. Although perhaps it’s just that he finds it amusing when I open my bag and a bunch of crocodile feet fall out.

 
       
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IS THERE
ANYONE FAMOUS
YOU’D LIKE
TO WORK WITH
AND WHY?

   

I don’t really think about that actually.

 
 
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IF YOU
COULD
LIVE/WORK
ANYWHERE
IN THE
WORLD,
WHERE
WOULD
IT BE ?

   

I love London. It will always be my home, but right now I’d just really like to travel around with my wardrobe trunk. I’m rather obsessed with it.

 
         
       
                 
 
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WHAT
WAS YOUR
FIRST
JOB?

   

I modeled for a Star Trek Book as a teen. I believe it was one of the “Starfleet Academy” books.

 
 
                 
 
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WHAT
KEEPS YOU UP
AT NIGHT?

   

Coffee.

 
               
       
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WHAT
GETS YOU UP
IN THE
MORNING ?

   

Coffee.

 
               
       
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DESCRIBE
YOUR WORK
IN
THREE
WORDS.

   

phantasmagorical landscape portraits.

 
               
           
                 
 
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IF THERE WERE
A MOVIE
OF YOUR LIFE,
WHO WOULD
WRITE, DIRECT,
AND STAR
IN IT ?

   

I couldn’t figure this question out so I put it into a friend’s hands…

“First Answer: It would be written by Neil Gaiman, directed by David Fincher or Tim Burton…and starring…YOU!” (I actually can’t memorize lines so I’d just have to ad-lib). “Second Answer: OR if you wanted to be cosmic with it, written by Kerouac, and Burroughs, and directed by Louis Bunel, and you’re the movie star in the future.” (Still ad-libbing from the future). 

 
 
 
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Visit Katelan Foisy…

www.katelanfoisy.com
@katelanfoisy
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