Standard Goods Featured Artist: Kathreen Absuelo
Kathreen Kaye Rodrigo Absuelo is a Seattle based Filipina artist who specializes in oil paintings; fine art work intertwined with surrealism, abstract and impressionism. She will feature ink illustrations for the 'Into The Wild' group show.
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I love creating, inspiring, sharing, letting out a little from my mind and connecting with others.
What’s your spirit animal?
Where did you grow up? And how did it influence you as an artist?
I grew up in Manila, Philippines until the age of 8. After that, I moved to the states-started in Texas, Mississippi, Florida, then Washington. I had experienced and adapted to various environments at a young age so I am grateful for that. I think growing up I focused more on understanding my surroundings, the places and people I met along the way, rather than myself. This hindered taking time to acknowledge my creativity as a little girl until mid teen years.
What artist do you most identify with?
I admire Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Leonor Fini, Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Leonardo Da Vinci, Henry Fuseli, William Blake and more. My favorite living artist is Vania Zouravliov.
I've been told by others I remind them of Roberto Matta, Leo Kenney, A mix of Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Folon, Hieronymus Bosch. There's probably other artists but I can't find the rest. I found all those listed from my Facebook art album/photo comments. It's awesome learning of these artists because I didn't know any of them except Picasso.
Describe a good or bad situation in your past that inspired you?
I love when gallery curators, art related media reaches out to help me showcase my work. I love when other artists/photographers want to collaborate and create with me. I love when I'm having a bad day, just woke up looking like the grudge girl and a stranger calls me pretty. I call these situations "sweet nothings", positivity and love that keeps me going on.
What’s your worst nightmare?
Cali my baby 13 year old British short hair calico is externally connected to my intestines, if something happens to her... the world will come to an end.
If you could travel in a time machine, where or when would you go?
During the "Big Bang" but I might just be part of theoretical explosion. Maybe briefly visit Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693 during the Salem witch trials. Stop by England during the Elizabethan Age/Renaissance between 1558-
How has your style as an artist changed over the years?
I think my work doesn't change, it evolves. Technically, it changed from acrylics/spray paint/mixed media to primarily working with oils.
How is your personality reflected in your work?
You tell me.
What is your favorite medium to work with?
I work with oil, occasionally film photography, watercolor, ink... Oil painting is my favorite because that is what the old masters have done.