To celebrate International Women's Day, we were lucky enough to get an interview with one of artrepublic's top female artists, Louise McNaught.
We talked about what International Women's Day meant to her, who has been an inspirational figure to her and a bit about her up and coming project. See the interview below.
Emma: Hi Louise, thank you for doing this interview with us, especially with it currently being international women’s month. To start off, I wanted to first ask what does International Women’s Day mean to you?
Louise: To be completely honest, it didn’t mean much to me previously. I initially felt that there was no need to have a specific day for women and for men. However, after having my daughter it has had more meaning to me, as I would like for my daughter to have as many possibilities in life in a world of equality.
Emma: Do you feel that you are an inspiration to other female artists who might be starting out?
Louise: I do often get contacted by female art students that look to me for advice and guidance. I often get asked if I can help them with projects that they have going on. It’s very flattering to say you have inspired someone as I’m just acting on what inspires me and if that speaks to others that’s fantastic!
Emma: That sounds great that you are approached by young artists and that you offer advice. Do you view yourself as a role model for younger women?
Louise: Ever since I had my daughter, I now try to be a better, more responsible person! I don’t like to think of myself as a role model - that’s a very weighty title. I’d like the title ‘Inspirer’ instead, I hope I inspire women that want to pursue art, and who think the art world is male-dominated (and admittedly it still is), that they can still go for it! Having Autumn opened my eyes to the world, and it makes me think more about how life will be for her as she grows up, and I hope I can inspire her to go for whatever she is inspired by.
Emma: Are there any inspirational female figures that had an impact on you while growing up and to also you currently?
Louise: I would have to say my mum was a huge inspiration to me. Especially when it comes to how I want to raise my daughter. The way she raised me, makes me want to do the same for my daughter. One artist that that really inspired me growing up was the artist Susan Seddon Boulet. Her artwork isn’t very popular over here in England but in the US, she has a big following ... even though she died many years ago. Her art and career inspired me as an artist.
Emma: Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Louise: Yes, I have always wanted to be an artist. There are baby pictures of myself holding a pen in a very steady way from around age 1, and by the time I was 8, I definitely knew that I wanted to be an artist. My family were not artists, so this was very much a solitary pursuit.
Emma: So, we know that you graduated from the University of Greenwich back in 2012. Do you have a favourite memory of when you were at the university?
Louise: For me, the best thing about University was meeting other artists. Meeting more misfits like me. I didn’t know any other artists back at home, so it was great to meet more creative minds and socialise with them.
Emma: You have many beautiful pieces that you have created over the years. What has been your favourite piece to work on and why?
Louise: I would have to say the project I am currently working on. I am starting to incorporate elements of popular culture and consumerism mixed in with my animals.
Emma: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
Louise: Get your art online! Create your own website and promote your own work across social media. Find your audience online and make sure you to get your art in front of your following.
Emma: Do you have any ongoing projects you’d like to highlight?
Louise: The current project I am working on is called ‘Consume’. As a natural progression from Endangered Animals, I am creating pieces that show how these animals are going to face extinction. This will be on display in my solo show at the Royal Overseas League in Mayfair from the 27th of June to the 9th of September 2019.
Louise McNaught is a contemporary artist with international representation and as of 2018 is also a published Author. Louise‘s creations feature animals that are God-like, sublime and ethereal in their presence and depiction.
Check out all of her work HERE