Spotlight on Artist Kristin Gaudio Endsley
I love when chance takes over and things simply fall into place. This happened when I stumbled upon the work of Kristin Gaudio Endsley. I believe on a random morning I followed the Latela Gallery located in DC on Instagram(or vice versa), and while scanning the beautiful images on their feed I stopped on one of Endsley's artwork. I was mesmerized by her art! Naturally, I had to do some research and through this, I learned that Gaudio is a very talented multimedia artist. Endsley is an abstract artist and a ceramicist from Maryland who gained much attention after participating in The Other Art Fair. Since then, her work has been published in British Vogue and The Washingtonian. It was obvious what my next step was...I had to contact her. I am so thankful that Endsley was able to participate in this interview. Not only is she a busy artist, Endsley is also a new mother! I'm forever grateful for the fact that she took time to share her thoughts with us.
What sparked your interest in art and design?
My mother is an artist so I believe there was a bit of nature and nurture from the start. I was born with an interest, but my mother definitely helped facilitate my love of art.
Do you remember the point in life when you realized you wanted to make a living as an artist?
I was living in London, and working as a visual merchandiser. I was always taking different jobs trying to fulfill this artistic need. Living there around the rise of social media I was surrounded by working artists. I realized I could do that too, and within a month I got a studio and started practicing.
Who or what inspires you?
Usually, something to do with water. Its moments, purpose, etc.... As well as my travels.
What is your artistic process?
I pull inspiration from my travels, but a lot of my work depends on what is going on around me at that moment. My gestural work is free flowing and intuitive, but my geometric forces me to be precise and preplanned.
Has your style evolved over time?
My style is all over the place! I like taking risks and trying new things. One thing that remains is color.
Would you say there is a theme to your work?
No theme, but almost every piece can be traced back to water somehow. Whether it is a geometric of a coastal town, a trip I went on, colors from childhood...it all relates to water.
When did you start getting involved with ceramics?
About 2 years ago, after being in the countryside of England for a month I decided I needed to get my hands dirty and work with clay.
What is the most challenging part of being an artist?
The money. There is no steady paycheck with art.
What is your favorite aspect of running your business?
The freedom to work and create whenever you want.
How do you stay motivated when you experience a creative rut?
Luckily I do not have that problem that often. I'm bouncing around from palm tree sketches, to ceramics, abstract paintings, and collaborations. Within all of those, I have a million ideas!
What has been your favorite project or creation so far?
I have collaborated with street artist, Hannah Adamaszek, for a few years and love what we have done. We brought a femininity to the "street art" style.
What is your ultimate goal with your art work?
Probably to have enough money to build and sustain my dream studio. A beautiful space that is mine to create in.
Any last words?
Here is my favorite art quote by a genius female painter, Georgia O'Keeffe. I heard/read this sometime in my teenage years and instantly felt understood.