Katriona Beales is a professional visual artist.
She has exhibited internationally,taking part in residencies with organisations such as Tokyo Wondersite in Japan and the Salzamt in Linz, Austria.
Katriona recently completed and MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and was awarded the FlatTime Ho Graduate Award.
Since 2006, Katriona has also been active as an artist educator working with schools across all key stages at Tate and the South London Gallery.
We asked Katriona five quick questions. This is what she said:
What do you like?
I love Marmite, travelling in new places (but hate aeroplanes), going for long windy walks in wild places, and making things that have never existed before.
What don’t you like?
I hate slimy things like slugs, waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep, and being bored!
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
I’m rarely bored! Every day is different, whether I am in the studio making something, or researching a new piece of work, learning about some new equipment in order to bring an idea to life, or travelling to amazing places to meet other people interested in art.
If you could have any artwork in your house, what would it be?
One of Fra Angelico’s frescos. It’s impossible as they are all embedded in the walls of fifteenth century buildings in Italy.
I first fell in love with Fra Angelico’s work when I was about 15, and got to see it on my honeymoon a few years ago. His frescos are very simple but glow with an incredible quality of light. It’s a strange choice as I make video, sculpture and installation most of the time!
What’s your advice for young artists?
Always ask questions.
Katriona’s Work with Children’s Art School
See Katriona’s work: www.katrionabeales.com