Q + A: Kate Rogers

With quirky irreverence, painter Kate Rogers seeks to unravel the human spirit.

How would you describe what you do to someone who hasn’t seen your art?

On face value I would say I do quirky, spontaneous and colourful paintings. On a deeper level, my art is about celebrating the free human spirit. Within this is a feminist component. My work aims to reveal the grit and joy of the female spirit, often in its glorious, unbridled manifestation. At times this spirit is valiantly fighting its way through social and structural boundaries.

When did your love affair with art begin?

When I stopped trying so hard. I was 18 living and working in central London, so any spare time was spent marching around galleries. It was exhausting. One afternoon I finally just sat on my bed with a magazine. I remember opening a page to an advertisement. Essentially, it was a blank page with rows of bright circles on it, but the composition and colour made my soul sing. This is how I fell in love with art –when I let go of what I thought I was meant to do and embraced what left me feeling alive, consumed and in the moment.

What is your studio like?

Oh, that’s easy. Three words: messy, messy, messy.

Where do you find inspiration?

Aesthetically speaking, the work of Amrita Sher-Gil, Pablo Picasso, Amy Sherald, Egon Schiele and picture books from op shops. Psychologically, I rely on Carl Jung, Ariel Salleh, Tyson Yunkaporta, Caro White and Plotinus. My mind is too jumpy for meditation but contemplating the ideas of my favourite thinkers settles my mind and inevitably ends in my hand reaching for a paint brush.

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