Visual Female of the Month – August

– Kaethe Butcher

me cruella de ville

At only 23, German illustrator, Kaethe Butcher is pretty phenomenal. Her erotic illustrations explore the human body, as well as an array of human emotion, with words often mixing into striking black and white graphics to add a touch of complexity. With strong sensuality and an organic rawness, Butchers work is reminiscent on Art Nouveau greats like Aubrey Beardsley and Egon Schiele. Her work explores women, female relationships and the potential for an unbreakable bond between our gender. Each illustration is well-balanced and captivating, making us, as viewers, look a little longer and think a little harder.

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Now for the interview….

How did you get to where you are today as an artist?
I’m only a beginner in this illustration scene. I cannot say “how”, ’cause I am where I am – only on the start. But I’ll try to run as fast as I can and then I’ll tell you. 😉
You say you like to draw lovely women. What do you consider a lovely woman to be?
Strong, sweet, with little beauty flaws, without perfection, fascinating, be nuts, full of passion for what she’s loving, fanciful.
What word would you use to sum up your style of art?
Do you think it is harder to be an artist as a woman? Or do you consider the art industry fair when it comes to gender?
The art industry/scene is really hard. But in the context of gender it’s fair, I think.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
Currently I’m working on a little book and have to do some stuff for an exhibition.
How long does it take you to complete a piece of work?
Different, but mostly 3-6h, depends on the size and the motive.
If you somehow hurt your vision, would you choose to wear glasses or contacts?
I think I would switch between them. I would love to wear light green contacts, but I like to wear fancy big round glasses, too. Once I had to wear red contacts for a shooting and I didn’t get it in by myself, so a friend had to do this! Maybe I need a contacts dresser for the change.
Excluding sight, what two other senses are your favourites?
The sense of hearing and the sense of touch.
. ….
Tell Me
5 most pleasant things to look at:
this one black-haired girl
Gravity Falls
wonderful illustrated books
5 least pleasant things to look at:
these gender questions
menstrual blood
some of my thoughts
blank despair
Who is the most inspiring woman you know and why?
Lady Gaga is really an inspiration for me. I love her wild passion for what she’s doing and loving.
What is your favourite thing about yourself?
My mind combined with my hands.
What is on your bedroom walls currently?
My Polaroids.
Favourite clothing / accessory / product at the moment?
The ring from my aunt Aenne (She only met me when I was a baby, but I’ve heard that she was a really lovely person with great hair!), my beloved Scottish kilt and my Hufflepuff brooch.
Favourite artist at the moment:
Natalie Foss.
And finally, any words of advice for people stepping into the creative sector?
Find your own style in yourself and do what you really want to do.

so what bitch

 Get your hands on Kaethe’s art here

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