Artist's Corner:

” Godot -Waiting” – A Painting By Kate Kavanagh

19th May 2022, 12am

Last week  ICC Digital brought you the penultimate painting in the gallery of seven, by the gifted Irish artist Kate Kavanagh, – “Tired Waiting” featured the two main characters from Samuel Beckett’s play, “Waiting For Godot’,  Vladimir and Estragon, and the painting seemed to be a homage to the great Irish playwright Samuel Beckett.

In this final picture from Kate’s delightful gallery, the waiting theme continues, as this weeks image is simply called “Godot Waiting” and it features Godot, dressed just like Beckett’s two characters, in the very same regalia, with his long scruffy overcoat, his hob nail boots and his bowler hat; So here is GODOT, but who is he waiting for? Is he waiting for Vladimir and Estragon? Or, as Kate has painted him waiting outside The Martello Tower in Dublin’s Sandycove, is he waiting for James Joyce? –  Or is he waiting for Leopold Bloom, the main character in Joyce’s book ‘Ulysses’ who begun his journey through Dublin from the Martello Tower!!!?? Maybe Bloom’s the one who has all the answers? Or is this Samuel Beckett himself, waiting for his own guru, whom he called his ‘inspiration’ James Joyce?

The mixing of these literary characters is so absurd, but also so clever  and so wonderful and delightfully humorous!  The character in the picture looks like he’s been waiting a very, very long time and there’s a great sense of stillness – but there are also black crows in the painting and we can almost hear them cawing.. and for some, crows are a sign of approaching death or impending doom…so maybe the character is  pondering upon our inescapable and inevitable mortality, which Beckett did so often in his plays.

This is another intelligent, ironic and charming picture from Kate and yet another fine example of her unique gift with the brush, ink and the pen!

It’s been an absolute  pleasure to present Kate’s painting’s over the past seven weeks. She is so immensely talented and yet she makes it all seem so simple. If you would like to see all of her previous paintings in her gallery of seven, go to the Artists Corner on ICC Digital.

Here is what Kate Kavanagh has to say about herself and her  approach to her work

I have been drawing my whole life. After more than 20 years working as a journalist in national Newspapers and online broadcast in RTÉ, I returned to my first and pursued art as my primary profession. I started doodling character and situation insights – comic book style – and this developed into strong narrative and reportage … it’s always about story. Mostly I sketch-report live on site to record what, when and as ‘something’ is happening … a budding cherry blossom, a bunch of buskers, a conference, or a political demonstration … me actually being there as the artist-reporter captures the energy of the moment. I look at the subject – people, birds, foliage on a breezy day … and it doesn’t stay still … and I look and look … for a long time before I begin … and my pen follows the movement and the movement chases my pen … and as I’m drawing I see even more detail … even in a wall, where all seems still, I see how the tendrils creep imperceptibly around the stones … and I feel the pulse of them growing – especially in spring. When you look this hard everything comes to life … even the stones … and the birds become characters in the narrative. I especially love musicians … I love how they get lost in the moment and how they seem to move independently of intention, which can’t be right but sometimes they move so fast you think the intention must be catching up with the action. My process can be a bit scary as I usually go straight to paper with pen and waterproof ink … so it’s first lines down and that’s what I have to live with – and that’s OK … I often don’t know how things are going until I’ve finished because I’m mainly looking up at what I’m drawing rather than down at the paper. Initially I explored all media but am now totally in love with watercolour and ink … for it’s vibrancy and vitality. It used to be thought that watercolour wasn’t lightfast – but that’s a myth … contemporary artist quality paints are ever bit as good as oil – and environmentally better … and then here’s the challenge of not being able to ‘correct’ in watercolour … but this is compensated by how well watercolours respond to intuitive painting … it all adds to the dynamic energy. I am influenced by the natural world and am constantly amazed and reassured by the resilience of life on our planet – especially in areas under the threat of human impact and lets face it – greed. I want to use art to report and reflect the positive energy that’s all around us – and fighting back … not just rural areas but urban too …from the day to day human activity … to daily and seasonal changes. I love this earth … I want to forge a path to raise awareness of its beauty though art … and to bring people with me on this what I hope is an eye opening and exciting journey … we need to keep an eye on things.

If you would like to buy any of Kates Pictures or Prints  her email is  [email protected] ; Her instagram is @katekavart  and she is the process of setting up her website