Evie Cahir, Artist

Evie Cahir is an artist and illustrator who has an eye for beauty and light in the day-to-day details. She's as inspired by the world around her as she is enamoured by other artists - a true creative! Thanks Evie!  

What do you do?

I am an artist and illustrator, so sometimes I paint for others [commercial work and commissions] and sometimes I paint for myself as a form of art therapy.

Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?

Just Keep Practising / Smile at Everything.  

What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?

Surrounding myself with hardworking and optimistic individuals, Carla McRae and David Booth and Felix Wilson in particular.

Meeting then living with my friend Nina Elliott for a few years, she is a True Australian Hero.

Travelling solo to Finland to complete a month long Arteles Art Residency, this was two years ago but I am still drawing on lessons, techniques and inspiration picked up throughout that time.  

What projects do you have in the pipeline?

So Many! Collaborative works and newsletter project, a solo exhibition about Yellow, a book about North Melbourne / Vic Markets and a series of work about Women Painting Big Things.

What is your dream project?

The Dream Project revolves around travelling to offshore locations to do Market Research. This means documenting different market stalls, light, fruits, smells and colors. I come up with dream projects all the time so this is subject to change.

What’s something surprising about you, that we might not know?

My surname is pronounced ‘car’. Scandalous but true!  

If you could choose to hear from any female contemporary at a Make Nice event, who would it be and why?

Nayuka Gorrie or Miranda July. Because they are both true beacons of hope the world, both powerful and unapologetically honest.

What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?

Best nuggets of advice I have been given comes from my parents, Fred and Sandy. One that they always spruiked was ‘First we work and then we play’, which is a hard one to follow when a lot of what you do could be classified as playing…

Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?

Yes, yes I do! I am very fortunate to have a very supportive female network. Most of the women I surround myself with are wise and empathetic and calming. Just the thought of them tugs at the tear ducts.

Can you share a creative experience that you have found defining?

I read ‘No One Belongs Here More Than You’, a book by Miranda July in under 48 hours, I felt secretly different afterwards.

Also whenever I listen to ‘Euro Prom’, a song by Baba Stiltz I feel like I have a poetic ’defining moment’.

Looking at Sally Gabori’s exhibition ‘Land of All’ was defining in a way I don’t even know about yet. So great.

What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?

I am listening to Princess Nokia, ‘Tomboy’ in particular. In my mind I am a back up dancer in the video clip also yelling ‘my little titties, my fat belly’! Must watch it.     

I am listening to the latest ‘On Being’ Podcast with Alain De Botton again and again.

I am reading part of ‘How to Work Better’, a book on Peter Fischli and David Weiss. They are best friends who are endlessly inspiring.  

What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?

Definitely diversity!! Public recognition of women's work in the art field!!

What do you want to be asked about that no one ever asks you?

I don’t think there are any burning questions for me to answer…

How can we find out more about your work?

Tumblr and Instagram.

Who would you most like to answer these questions next?  

Next up, I call on Nina Marie Elliott! Come on down!