Kathryn Gallagher - "Superhero and celebrity" - The Verge- 10th November 2014 - 30th January 2015
I have always had a strong love and admiration for superheroes as far back as I can remember. To me they represent the supreme beings that live within us all. They are characters who possess powers in which we could only dream of having, but more importantly rather than using those abilities for selfish means they choose to use them for the greater good. Sharing what gifts they have been blessed with to help others in need. Additionally they are modest characters who don’t desire adulation, but would rather mask their true identities in favour of becoming a symbol of hope.
With this body of work I aimed to give people some sort of escapism no matter what the demographic, from a child right through to adulthood. If you’re a painter you paint; if you’re a sculptor, you sculpt; if you’re a writer, you write; if you’re a songwriter, you give songs; if you’re a dancer, you give dance. It’s an important thing to want to touch the heart I choose to do it through the love and joy and the simplicity of art.
If you observe children listening to music, they don’t just listen. They melt into the melody and flow with the rhythm. Something inside them starts to unfold its wings – soon the child and the music are one. Or if you watch a group of children playing make believe, their conviction of belief is so strong that they become their chosen fictitious character. Same as when they apply themselves to art; all thought of the head is replaced with feeling of the heart. Imagination and creativity comes so naturally to children, it’s a quality that I am in love with and will forever strive to apply not only to my art but also my inner being.
I approach creating my art similar to how a new born child would view the world; everything is fascinating and nothing mundane. I aim to capture a childlike innocence and wonderment in all my works, because I feel that children best understand the essence of creativity. They don’t try to dissect and over analyse what they see, but rather get lost in the magic and joy in what this world has to offer.
Applying the childlike philosophy to my work and being a Pop artist goes hand in hand for me, it’s the perfect union. When Warhol was presenting to the world his visual works of Campbell’s soup cans, and Lichtenstein his works based on popular comic strips, they were trying to convey that beauty can be found in all things no matter how seemingly ordinary and mundane the subject matter may be. Newborn children possess the same excitement, and it’s partly for that reason that I consider the likes of Warhol, Lichtenstein and in general the Pop art movement my greatest inspiration in terms of style and message.