20 Questions with Katelyn Fay

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Local Delray Beach artist Katelyn Fay’s work appears in “Visualize”, a student exhibition currently on display at The Gallery at Art House. Katelyn, 18 years, is a recent graduate from Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL as a digital media and visual arts major. She also attended California College of the Arts summer pre-college program for Illustration and Drawing, and in the fall she will be a student of Parsons The New School for Design in New York. As an artist, Katelyn embraces the importance of all mediums. Her work it is very playful, adventurous, personal, and limitless. She takes inspiration from Mattel’s Barbie dolls, Disney, and other child-like styles. She hopes to become iconic for her bold, bright colors and designs. Katelyn’s artwork is about juxtaposing and overlaying imagery to create a stylized, highly saturated, hyper realistic world, using playful materials such as markers, glitter, crayons, jewels, and stamps. She aims to convey sensuality and duality in her personality – one that intertwines the contradiction between her “alter egos”, which are innocent and childish while provocative and risky. She starts by color blocking, outlining, and overlapping mediums, such as digital photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, performance, fashion design, and video art. View Katelyn’s work on display in “Visualize” through mid-July at Art House of Delray. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Inventing a world to live in with the people I love. But there is no such thing as perfect happiness. What is your greatest fear? That I will die before I finish what I started. Which living person do you most admire? My best friend Annique Johnson. Where do you find artistic inspiration? I find inspiration when revisiting my years as a young kid and the things I loved, like Disney and Barbie. Also exploring cities, being around inspiring people. And then there is the darker side of myself. I reflect off of and use experiences I’ve dealt with as inspiration as well. Who is your favorite artist? There are several, Ernst Kirchner, Yayoi Kusama, Jean Paul Gaultier, Walt Disney, Dr. Suess, Andy Warhol of course. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Patience. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Dude, seriously, like, whatever, basically, exactly, true..all the typical ones. When did your first know that you had to become an artist? When I went to a Christian school. What is your greatest regret? Falling for the wrong people. Which talent (other than being an artist) would you most like to have? Martial Arts / Samurai skills definitely. What or who is the greatest love of your life? At the moment, a boy I’ve known since I was in sixth grade that recently went into the Marines. Everyday I anxiously run to the mailbox hoping he will write me. When and where were you happiest? California and Disney World. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I wasn’t so possessive. What do you consider your greatest artistic achievement? Never being afraid to make huge risks by fully exposing myself in my work. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A cartoon character maybe. What is your most treasured possession? My clothing and accessories. What do you most value in your friends? I value genuine, real, honest people. I cannot stand superficial people. Who are your heroes in real life? Chaz Lord, Annique Johnson, Allison Fay, Michael Enright and my parents. What is it that you most dislike? Cold weather. What is your motto? Let the chips fall where they may.