Katy Krantz | Studio Visit
LOS ANGELES, CA
When did you start calling yourself an artist?
After I finished college in 1998. I started carving out studio time and figuring out the balance between my day job and my job as an artist.
When do you make your best work?
I tend to work well with a deadline on the horizon. Time constraints help me focus. It’s tricky because too little time is a bad thing, but I think unlimited time can be problematic in its own way.
Regarding your method of making, is it a case of the material or method dictating the idea of the other way around?
My work generally grows from a physical process of making. I let the materials and process inform the finished work. That’s not to say that overarching themes aren’t at work as well, but the material is where the work begins.
Is art making therapeutic for you?
What are you most proud of?
My ability to continue making my work despite being a mother to two small kids.
Artist whose career you covet?
Sonia Delaunay, Alexander Girard, Alexander Calder, Louise Bourgeois— all artists who had long lives and worked with many different forms and materials over the span of their careers.
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
Well, my fantasy is to have a studio large enough to accommodate all the different facets of my practice. I’d love to have a ceramics set up in one corner, a painting area in another and perhaps a place to place for textiles and fibers in another. Then I could move from one area to another more seamlessly. I also see using a space like this as a hub for workshops and get togethers with other artists. Let’s see if I can realize this dream in five years!
If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?
A residency in a beautiful setting with some of my best artist friends. I don’t think the place itself would matter as much as the interaction and dialogue with other artists.
Did you grow up around other creative people?
My mother is an artist and was an elementary school art teacher for many years.
What are your other hobbies?
Between making my work and raising my kids I have very little time for other activities. However, I do love reading fiction.
If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?
What influences you?
So much. Of course seeing art in galleries and museums is inspiring but I’m also influenced by a wide range of designers and illustrators. I’ve found that I gravitate towards Japanese art and design. I love a pared down mid century aesthetic, but I’m equally turned on by hyper baroque visual displays.
What motivates you?
After I had kids, I suddenly had to pay for my time in the studio in a very direct way. Knowing that motivates me.
What’s your studio philosophy?
Just show up.
How many hours do you try and work in the studio per week?
At the moment, 20.
Silence or sound while creating? If sound, what?
Definitely sound. I listen to a lot of KCRW- sometimes their music programs and often NPR.
Favorite art-making tools?
Sumi ink brushes. They’re cheap and make beautiful lines.
Tools or mediums you’re dying to experiment with?
Ceramics is a discipline where there is always more to try. On my list are photo transfers onto clay, paper clay and learning about cone 6 glazes.
Right now, I am working on my first large scale ceramic mural. Dealing with architecture and making an outdoor piece has opened me up to a whole new way of working. I’ve learned a lot during the process and I’m already thinking about my next mural and how I will do things differently.