The Heroine’s Journey of Kate Carvellas

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

It allows me to express myself in a way that brings me healing, freedom and joy.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Being able to walk through life in peace and joy regardless of my circumstances.

What is my greatest fear?

Becoming so physically disabled that I can no longer take care of myself.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I don’t want to use the word “deplore”. To me that infers hate, and I have worked very hard at NOT hating myself, regardless of my flaws. But, as far as the trait I REALLY want to work on: It is a tie between my lack of discipline in certain areas of my life and being overly critical (in general).

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Ida Applebroog and Kiki Smith.

What is my greatest extravagance?

Paying for THREE streaming video services!

On what occasion would I lie?

If telling the truth would cause more harm than good.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

How controlled it is. A lot of my work deals with the struggle I have between precision and spontaneity. I would like it to be less controlled and more free. Although, compared to when I started, I have improved in this area.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

The answer to that will always be, the last time that I was making art.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

The fear inside that holds me back from engaging more with the world. I DO believe that I have the power to change this. I am working on it. I am less fearful than I used to be.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Having one of my assemblages, “My Soul is Not for Sale” purchased by the Lancaster Museum of Art and History as a part of their permanent collection. On a purely personal level it would be reaching a place of emotional healing (12 years ago) where I was able to allow myself to actually MAKE art again after giving up on it for almost 20 years.

Where would I most like to live?

My dream would be to live in a beach house with awesome studio space.

What is my most treasured possession?

I don’t know if this is cheating but, I would say ALL of my art supplies.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Being highly sensitive to the point of it being detrimental.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The Arts District in DTLA where LACMA, MOCA and Hauser and Worth are located.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

On my budget, Starbucks and Subway are my current go to’s for food and coffee.

What books influenced my life and how?

“Art & Fear” by David Bayles and Ted Orland and Patricia A. McKillip’s “Riddle-Master” Trilogy. “Art & Fear” because so many of the things they said resonated deeply with me and solidified for me that I am, indeed an artist. It is my “go to” book when I need some wisdom and encouragement in regards to being a creative person. The trilogy because, something about the main character’s journey deeply affected me. He overcame incredible odds to become the person he was meant to be. Something I very much want for myself.

Who are my favorite writers?

Patricia A. McKillip, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

The Beatles, Tenth Avenue North, David Bowie.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Sigourney Weaver’s character, Ripley, from the first two “Alien” movies.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Mr. Rogers, Elizabeth Warren, Katherine Johnson.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Blade Runner (Original version)

What role does art play in my life and work?

Art brought me out from “under a rock” and into the world. For many years I lived an isolated and lonely existence with no real purpose or direction. Art has brought healing, hope, connection, friendship and community. I don’t know where I would be without it.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

The person who was key to my pursuing art as a career is Bernice Mascher, a former art teacher and an incredibly talented artist. She has been a close friend for over 20 years and was my greatest cheerleader and mentor when I first began making artwork again. If it weren’t for her, I would not be where I am today in regards to my artistic journey. As time has progressed (It’s been 10 years since I first exhibited my artwork), I now have some collectors who, not only own multiple pieces of my artwork, but, have become incredibly supportive friends.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?

There are galleries that I have on my wish list to work with, not in 2018, but, hopefully, sometime in the not too distant future. They are: Om Bleicher at bG Gallery, Liz Gordon at The Loft at Liz’s and James Panozzo at Launch LA.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018?

I feel like I have met so many wonderful artists, curators and gallery owners in the LA art world already. I would like to get to know some of them better.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to working on?

I am very excited about two projects I am/will be working on: 1) ) I am in the midst of creating work for a solo show at South Bay Contemporary’s SoLA Gallery in Los Angeles in January of 2019. 2) I will be creating an installation at Shoebox Projects at The Brewery in August and September.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

I will have a piece called “Blackbird” in GABBA Gallery’s “Remix: The Art of Music” exhibit, opening on August 4th. The opening reception for my installation at Shoebox Projects will be on September 16th.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

It means I will be making art until I die.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Terri Lloyd, Jodi Bonassi, Monica Wyatt

How can you contact me?



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