Artist Interview - Ina Kaur

Artist interview between Shannon Skye Robinson and Lois Emma Harkin (Curating Futures Project Coordinator), and Ina Kaur (Curating Futures Artist).


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Date of Interview: 20th of December 2021

Participants: Shannon Skye Robinson (SSR) and Lois Emma Harkin (LEH) and Ina Kaur (IK)



SSR/LEH: What is your background?


IK: I am a maker, an active practitioner. I engage with materials and communities to make artwork and connections. I am trained as a printmaker and in ceramic, but my practice is interdisciplinary in nature and continue to explore mark-making to expand material boundaries. Her studio practice continues to be grounded in the tradition of rigorous studio engagement. I also am interested in and engage with communities, through social and public art practices.But for my primary studio research, I use abstraction and non-representational forms of expression.

 

SSR/LEH: How did you get into art/ creativity?

IK. I don't think I got into Art really, Art has always been there. I always liked to draw and whenever I was drawing, I was in happy place. Art field was a discovery. I tried various field of study, but I was at peace when drawing. I eventually found that one could have a career in Art. So, I started and pursued that journey so I could continue doing what I did that made me happy and to build a profession I would love.


Artwork produced by Ina Kaur


 

SSR/LEH: What do you get out of producing work?

IK: The work and research allow me to examine our heightened disconnect with

each other, nature and ourselves. I long for and desire to bring together the

ideas of a complex yet basic need to coexist.

Artwork produced by Ina Kaur


 

SSR/LEH: How do you want your work to be perceived by an audience?

IK: As individuals, we all are unique with our own histories, experiences along with privileges, skills, and limitations. Our perceptions can vary But I still believe that variant perceptions may be an opportunity to experience new emotions and interpretation. It can allow us to confront our bias, limited knowledge, and intolerance, and can provide a space to shift once perception to discover new possibilities for a better identity. and acceptance and coexistence

Artwork produced by Ina Kaur


 

SSR/LEH: Who are your biggest inspirations?

IK: Living in this heightened global, political, ecological imbalanced and socially unequal and unjust environment, my everyday experiences, life and nature is my biggest inspiration.


Artwork produced by Ina Kaur

 

SSR/LEH: What are the main concepts or themes you explore within your work?

IK: The work is essentially an amalgamation of many influences experiences and work abstract in nature attempts to expresses the essence of daily existence, alternating between competing realities and concerns. The need to locate, decode, and connect with one’s inner self and the exterior world is central to my oeuvre.


SSR/LEH: What is the main thing you have learnt through your creative practice?

IK: Practice, passion, and patience! And Empathy - deep observation - seeing,

listening, and feeling.


Artwork produced by Ina Kaur


 

SSR/LEH: Who is your work for? Yourself? A small community? A specific sector of society? Or is it for everyone?

IK: It is defiantly for me, as there is a need to make, but It will be untrue to see what

pleasure it brings when I get to share with the audience


SSR/LEH: What is the best piece of advice you could give to another artist, or someone just starting out in the creative sector?

IK: Work. In addition to being a practitioner, I am also an educator and I believe as an Aspiring artist one should continue their search, journey, and process to discover and invent new things. We can learn from any situation to continue to make as we work towards finding our expressions and ourselves. Take responsibility for what you make and what it communicates and how. And, it is also important to be humble!


SSR/LEH: Why did you decide to join the Curating Futures community?

IK: I believe in community building! It can be the space, open, creative, and inspirational space. A space to reflect, accept, express, and make. I hope to be able to engage with the Curating Futures community and hope to make connections far and near in the strange distant world we live in. I personally am passionate about developing new initiatives, implementing projects to engage with the community, and participating in responsive practices.

 

You can find Ina Kaur via her Instagram