Kaitlin Botts – Art & Interview

Material inspired, mixed media artist, graphic designer, associate professor of design AND mother – Kaitlin “The Powerhouse” Botts shares her process, inspiration and artwork with us in today’s feature and interview. 

To see more of her work check out her website and/or her instagram.

1. Do you listen to music while making your art, and which genres/artists?

I sometimes listen to music while I’m taking the actual photographs but not all of the time. There have definitely been times when I’ve been listening to music while photographing and the energy in creating gets screwed up by a song and I kind of lose momentum. Other times the music can drive the work.

During the editing process I’m almost always listening to music. It can be a range of things but a lot of it is lo-fi beats or lo-fi hip hop or underground hip hop. 


2. Is any of your art inspired by any of the music that you listen to?

One of my favorite projects that I’ve ever worked on was inspired by the recording artist Faded Giant (who now can be found at @felonious.junk on instagram). As he worked on songs, I worked on graphics for those songs to put up on SoundCloud. The great thing about that project was the sense of freedom I felt to respond to the auditory elements in a purely visual manner. I’ve included a couple pieces from that collaboration. 

3. Is there one artist / piece / style that had a memorable impact on how you create?

I’ve always felt that my work doesn’t fit into genres very well so it’s been hard to say this artist works in a similar style and I’m inspired by their work. Instead it’s more that I’m inspired by the drive, the passion, the authenticity of other photographers’ work.

The first artist I always think of is Angela Kelly, who I worked with at the Rochester Institute of Technology when I was doing my graduate work. She continues to inspire not only my art making practice but my practice in the classroom.


4. What does the best creative session involve for you? Any particular moods / settings / people / habits that help you get in the right mind set to create?

I get really inspired by materials. I have a very small studio that I work in so I’m more interested in the objects that I’m photographing than the space that it’s in. I’m always looking for materials where the visual quality is going to engage me. If it’s shiny or reflective or matte or iridescent or distorts color or light I get really excited and can’t wait to shoot with it and see what I can manipulate.

5. Do you procrastinate? Any particular work – evasion habits?

Sometimes. I’m an Associate Professor of Design at UNCSA in Winston-Salem, NC and I have a five-year-old daughter so most of the time I can’t procrastinate or the world would fall apart. The bigger problem I face is finding the time to make work. I tend to need a couple of hours to really start shooting something interesting so it can be hard to find the time that the work requires. 

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