New Artist Spotlight: Kate Harrold

Kate Harrold
Kate Harrold is from Nashville, TN. Her work is a digital collage. She photographs each element of the image she is creating (occasionally borrowing pieces from found photographs) and then digitally manipulates & merges them together to create new and unlikely stories. Often inspired by a building, character, or single detail, she enjoys the challenge of removing that element from its environment and creating a whole new space and story around it. Her desire is to create images that portray a child like imagination, with a balance of the dark severity of reality and the hopefulness and whimsy of a dream, and we think she’s doing that perfectly. Her work would look great on almost any wall.

Let’s learn more about her!

How long have you been creating, and how has your work changed?

I have always been an artist. I went to college intending to be a painter and somehow emerged a photographer. Having received a more traditional training, I continued to shoot only film for years. It took time for me to make the switch to digital and even longer to allow myself to even consider manipulating my images. However, once I started editing and combining my photos, it changed the way I photographed and opened up endless possibilities. I now put together photographic images like I would a painting. My imagination and creativity continue to grow and evolve with all the possibilities of technology and technique.

If you could work in any other medium, what would it be?

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Tell us about the first dollar you made selling your art:
I bought a table at the punk rock flea market in Philadelphia. I had my prints displayed in dish racks! I only had a few images available at that point, but I sold half my inventory in one day. It was the biggest confidence boost and exactly what I needed to begin the transition away from my 9-5.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
We travel a lot for art shows. My “weekend” is very rarely on a Saturday or Sunday. But, when my husband and I are in a new city for a weekend show, we love to take an extra day or two to explore, photograph, visit galleries, and eat good local food.

What makes you excited about doing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar?
I love Austin! I’m excited to eat breakfast tacos, hear really good live music, see really great art, and spend Christmas with my husband, our artist friends, and my best friend from high school who just happens to live in town 🙂

Is there a band you are looking forward to seeing (or hearing from your booth – ha!)?
All of them! I don’t discriminate.

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Meet Kate at her booth M-2!