Kate Banazi, Artist
Kate Banazi is an artist and printmaker based in Sydney. Her work is incredibly detailed, intuitive and playful, spanning from an art-based practice through to fashion, music, illustration and advertising. We were delighted to hear about Kate’s approach to her own creative practice.
What do you do?
I’m an artist and printmaker.
Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?
This week it’s 'Fuck it.’ I think it’s quite a versatile maxim and can be used in a variety of situations. But seriously, other than being helpful to one another what else should there be?
What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?
I don’t think I’ve got only three major milestones, but continuous hard work and a series of births, major depressions, deaths and beautiful chance meetings have led me to the here and now and I’m grateful for pretty much every experience. Although some of the shite ones I’m sure I really could have done without.
What is your dream project?
No singular dream project but collaborative ones and many many of them, they challenge and excite me through the exchange of ideas - its wonderful, humbling and often terrifying. It makes you quite vulnerable giving over a work that you love to someone else to do what they wish with and for them to give to you.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
A couple of collaborations, an exhibition, a couple of pieces of public art for overseas which I’m excited by and lots of drawing.
If you could choose to hear any female contemporary present at Make Nice, who would it be and why?
I have a list as long as my arm, it’s not hard to find a wonderful selection of inspiring women from science, the arts, politics, life. Two women I would love to hear speak are Toni Morrison and Barbara Kruger.
What is the best advice you've been given, or wish you had been told sooner?
There is no advice any one can give unless it is willing to be taken, and its often in retrospect that I heed advice. I wish I had been brave enough to take the advice of my dear friends' mother Naseem many years ago - to really tune in to how I feel and cock up as much as I wanted without fear of failure, or worry of what other people thought…. I’m getting there.
Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?
I really do, I have wonderful women in my life and was bought up with great female role models.
I was and still am pretty shy, so asking for helping is hard. Since I moved to Sydney from London, I found I had to ask for help from everyone and anyone whether it was to find a studio to sourcing equipment and supplies. No one I initially approached helped, but I kept asking and finally - after nearly six months - I found that one wonderful person who helped and from them I was able to build my network.
I’ve now surrounded myself with a support system of wonderful women and men who will help anyone whenever they possibly can. Some of the most generous people I’ve ever met.
What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?
Lots of music across all genres, I like to work with really loud music, a few podcasts and on the telly, much Netflix, The Last Panthers and Game of Thrones. Right now, I’m reading 'A Brief History of Seven Killings' and have just re-read ‘Beloved' for the thousandth time.
How can we find our more about your work?