Cendrine Marrouat: You lived in Toronto for many years and moved to Los Angeles six years ago. How is the artistic scene there? Have you noticed differences in the way American and Canadian audiences react to your work?
Kate Kelton: The scene here feels very wild and rebellious. It strikes me as a bit tongue in cheek, with lots of kitsch and sculpture and a world inspired by comics, Disney and video games… instead of Europe’s, or even NY’s, take on it; which strikes me as more political, mired in history and gravitas. Perhaps Los Angeles is just not old enough to be rife with that rich tapestry of influences, but its answer seems brilliant. It prefers to err on the side of levity and pop. These are huge generalizations, granted, but luckily I suspect my sensibilities skew towards the international anyway. Maybe my roots tend to naturally eliminate cultural bias in how my work is viewed? I’m not entirely sure. But I know that it doesn’t matter much where I go: ‘astonishingly different’ is still the most universal reaction I get. And nothing could please me more.
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