I enjoy the act of making art so much that sometimes I forget that sharing it is part of the process. I work away in my corner of a studio I share with some amazing women… making, making, making… I do it because I don’t know how not to, but on some level, I do it for other people. I harbor that fantasy of being “discovered”. I don’t care about being famous or anything, but don’t want the work to go unseen either.
So I make and I paint and I post. I update Facebook, Instagram, my website, Etsy and blog as a means of showing the world what I’m up to (and in hopes of making a living). And sometimes it works.
In August 2013, I received an e-mail from a woman who said she was a set buyer and that she had seen my website and would I be interested in having artwork in a feature film? To be honest, the skeptic in me thought it was a scam at first. I called her anyway and it was the real thing.
My phone call was brief and excited and plans were made. Within a week I was commissioned and working on a set of sketchbooks/journals for the film adaptation of Indianapolis author John Green’s bestselling novel, The Fault in Our Stars.
I’ve kept sketchbooks/journals for a very long time and because they are built up over time, it can take a year or more to complete each one, if you could ever really consider them complete. I somehow (magically, insanely, exhaustively) created three in four days and shipped them off to the set in Pittsburgh (for more on why this Indy-based film was shot in Pittsburgh, I give you Hugh Vandivier’s Sky Blue Window article here).
Much of what fills the pages is from the past ten or more years of my own sketchbooks. It made for a great opportunity to go back and see where I’d been artistically and mentally over a number of years. I loved every minute of this project!
I only generally know where to look for these books, I’m told they will be somewhere in the main character’s bedroom and you can be sure I’ll be on the look out for them in each of what’s sure to be many viewings. They may only be on screen for a brief moment, but I’ll know they’re there, and that’s good enough for me.
I’m happy to say that I have artwork in a movie, especially this movie, and hope to do something like this again. Seriously, go read the book and then let’s all go see The Fault in Our Stars when it comes out on June 6.
Trailer: 20th Century Fox | images copyright Kate Oberreich 2013/14
In the meantime, I’ve snuck in a quick update to my website. PSA to artists – get a website (or blog, or some other venue for people to see your work online). Even my age old, hardly updated website has put enough work out there to hook me up with the afore mentioned secret project.
I’ve added several new images to the Art section, 2011-present, including many that have been on view at Ashland Gallery over the last few months. Many thanks to John McKee for the show with my mom, Sandi Finney.
Swing by the site, take a look around and watch for more regular updates.
Primed with a spattering of smaller works on canvas and paper, I plan to add more as time allows, but the goal is to find good, forever homes for some of my little ones.
Most of the shop is filled with works that have seen other exhibits or were studies for ongoing series of larger works. I float back and forth between a love of working on tiny and big paintings. How great is it that I don’t have to choose? I do the same when it comes to the medium. For the most part, these pieces are done in acrylic paint on canvas, but look closer for graphite, house paint, collage elements, bits of old paintings, and more.
I hope you’ll visit and consider starting or continuing your Kate O. collection! Click on an image to be taken to it’s Etsy listing.
PS: Be my first ever Etsy customer and I’ll include a fun free gift with your purchase!
Last night I First Friday’d with my favorite jeweler, Sara B. Here’s some of what we saw and where we saw it…
The night began with Bodies of Work: The Figurative Work of Travis S. Little at the StutzArtSpace Gallery where I was finishing up some last minute prep for the opening. This was the Gallery’s first ever solo show (previously group shows only) and what a success! I hear rumors of some sales already.
Next up was Bound, a book arts show at the Harrison Center for the Arts and a chance to scope out their new City Gallery where I’ve submitted artwork to be considered.
It’s a map of Dublin?!
This was just because (outside the Harrison Center).
I’m playing with some new horizon lines in collusion with my ‘excavation’. This digging has lead to the idea of underground caves and what might be lurking around beneath the surface.
My plans are still evolving. Yesterday I painted a hole in the ground, not sure yet where it leads, but the hole was a good first step. Here are some possibilities…
Some will cringe at this, but I just obliterated two older paintings with plans to paint something new. But it’s okay, I hated them and after about 4 years with no takers I figure it’s time for a new life.
A bit late, yes. But, I wanted to show off some behind-the-scenes pictures of the installation of my new show ‘Remnants’ at the Indianapolis Art Center…
Remnants is a series of small collage paintings that evolved out of my lack of ability to throw anything (art material) away. Each piece is made from the odds and ends of other paintings and collages. They are my ‘triumph over failure’ so to speak. I took artwork that simply wasn’t working and re-imagined it into small-scale collages. This is me ‘up-cycling’.
Should you become the proud owner of a Remnant (which is easy to do- more than 30 are available at the Art Center now through August 1), you should know, for most of the pieces, the paper surface has been left exposed. I therefore, recommend that you not hang or display your Remnant in areas with high humidity, such as bathrooms or near stoves. You wouldn’t be happy with the result.
Remnants is on view in the Basile Studio Shop Hallway now through August 1. Plenty of time to get out and see it.