Born to an artist father and a ceramicist mother, Cat MacInnes was destined to be creative. From a young age she loved drawing. In high school she was drawing caricatures of her teachers as the animals they resembled, and to this day she sees people as their animal resemblances. Every time Kevin Bacon is on the television, Cat can only see a freshwater turtle. She studied Graphic Design at Swinburne University. In her third year she spent 6 months studying Fine Arts and Illustration in Hong-ik University in Seoul, South Korea on a study grant. Being able to speak only a small amount of Korean, she and her classmates would do drawings for each other to communicate.
Cat's works are gentle and whimsical, with use of strong bright colours and polished vectors. Animals still feature highly in her works.
Place of Birth:
The front bedroom. Emerald, Victoria.
Currently Living in:
St Kilda West
Train, bus, bike, or other:
Bike and car.
What's the most important object in your studio?
My mac. I think I have a crush on it.
Paper or Plastic?
Paper with a hint of plastic.
If you could resurrect one no longer living person to have lunch with, knowing you will have to return them to the grave right after coffee, who would it be?
I can’t decide between Frida Kahlo, Groucho Marx and John Lennon. Could I invite all three?
Preferred method of dealing with an encounter with an acquaintance whose name you can't remember.
I would pretend to faint, à la Basil Fawlty.
Why don't you flip the tortoise over, Leon?
Yes, why don’t you Leon? Turn it over! I can’t stand it. And maybe give it some of your water too.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
I think he should just put the wood down and calm down.
Favourite client so far?
Favourite imaginary client?
Rolling Stone Magazine.
How does your mother describe your profession?
Coffee or tea?
Tea with lots of milk. Or coffee with lots of milk. Or milk.
What's your earliest drawing memory?
Doing caricatures of my teachers for fun – I never showed them though!
How do you prefer to spend your mornings?
Sitting at my desk, excited about a new illustration and listening to the Ricky Gervais podcasts.
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