Kitty Bast

Artist Statement

Kitty Bast constructs Dark Ladies.
The work explores identity formation & ‘Otherness’.
Also known as individuation, is the development of the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity in a particular stage of life in which individual characteristics are possessed and by which a person is recognized or known. This process defines individuals to others and themselves. Pieces of the person’s actual identity include a sense of continuity, a sense of uniqueness from others, and a sense of affiliation. Identity formation leads to a number of issues of personal identity and an identity where the individual has some sort of comprehension of themselves as a discrete and separate entity. This may be through individuation whereby the undifferentiated individual tends to become unique, or undergoes stages through which differentiated facets of a person’s life tend toward becoming a more indivisible whole.”

My Artwork is inspired by my experience as a professional Tattoo Artist in the Tattoo industry & the Fine Art world. I am interested in the deeper meaning of tattoos & the body. Tattoos and Identity are Intimately woven together. How we perceive & evaluate one individual to the next. Do tattoos on a woman really make her monstrous to some? Do they let the individual reclaim their body, their identity? Do they render the individual ‘Other’. The choices one individual makes when placing art, words or visuals upon their body… …it is theirs to own, govern, create and recreate. They are their own artist & they are telling the story of their identity.

We are like magpies… plucking, stealing, cherry picking elements of the world around us & storing it in our nest we call identity.

Fave Artists include: Louise Bourgeois, Paula Rego, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, Rachel Goodyear, Rachel Maclean, the list goes on …..

Aware of the boundaries of language. Art gives a way to release what lives inside the head.

Showing work at CoinFestUk in Manchester & Decentraland 2020

Art Award at UK Parliament, London (Work in collections). Exhibited work with ‘Venture Arts‘ at Manchester’s Water Palace, Victoria Baths. Selected by Tape Modern and Scaffold Gallery. Artist in ’Art Battle Manchester’ x2, on BBC One. Made work at Manchester’s ’Sick! Festival’.
Tattoo Artist and Studied BA & MA Fine Art at The Manchester School of Art, UK.

Name in the Bodily world: Katie Shevlin.

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