I really need to start jotting down how it is I happen upon “new” artists (new to me, at least). It would make for a much more compelling and interesting intro to these interviews of mine…
If memory serves, I became introduced to the electrifying art of one Kaethe Butcher, kaethebutcherillustrations, through a reblog by someone in my dashboard, right here on tumblr. It was of this work:
I don’t even know what to say about this. It makes me squirm. Flinch. It makes the breath catch in my lungs. It makes me curious. Wonder. Worry. Want more.
Fortunately, there is more.
This is one of those times I just don’t want to say anything more and instead turn it over to Kaethe to talk about herself, and about her work. So let’s just do that. Continuing our series of interviews, I am pleased to welcome Ms. Butcher:
Ladies Who Draw: Hello, hello, welcome Kaethe Butcher! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you come from? Where are you now?
Kaethe Butcher: I come from Leipzig, Germany, and now I live in Berlin in a black wide hole and it seems that there’ll be no escape. It’s sticky and my thoughts are flying useless into the unknown blackness - hopefully.
LWD: Well, indeed then. How long have you been drawing as an artist? Is there anything you can think of that really first inspired you to draw?
KB: Arielle was my very first inspiration. Later, Sailor Moon. But that was all in primary school.
So as an “artist” (which I’m not really) I’ve been drawing since last year - in the middle of 2013.
LWD: Wow. I never would have guessed. Your talent suggests years of experience, even study. Well done, and welcome to the art world. (P.S. - You most certainly are an artist, whether you like it or not). Now… tell us a bit about any drawings habits you may have…
KB: I tend to draw in periods. When I haven’t drew something in weeks or months, then there comes a flash - a drawing flash, where I cannot stop drawing. And then I draw things I like: Naked skin, girls, structures, patterns, quotes etc. Best time - or not. Because the flash is sometimes also coming from my miserable mood. And I need to draw the things down, which are in my mind. When my thoughts get bigger and bigger and my head needs to explode. And then I’m feeling pure and cleaner and like I saved myself from my mind. Like Anthony Hopkins said:”You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap.” I don’t want to waddle in my own death trap - not now.
LWD: Excellent. Totally. So - yes, as you mentioned, and as readers / viewers of your work can see, there is an undeniable theme throughout your work. Ladies, often without clothes. It’s alluring. Could you talk about your subject matters, and anything you hope to convey with them?
KB: My work has always this little melancholic aura, because it’s from me. But what I really want is for people to look at my illustrations and think! I want them to get the story behind the picture, but not really my own story. I want people to make there own stories with my illustrations - to think about the text and to identify with the whole thing. And then I love to hear from people their stories and why exactly this work is so important to them. It’s one of the most beautiful things.
LWD: Absolutely. That’s completely lovely. Okay, let’s step just a bit away from you, and look to those you dig. Tell us about an artist or some artists you really love.
KB: I really love Egon Schiele and his life. I love that he used prostitutes as models and I like his provocative style. But I like so many more artists. Also the Japanese artist Takato Yamamoto - his work is so erotic and morbid, I love this mix. And such details! Wonderful.
A new artist I like a lot is A Thousand Daisies. She draws such nice girls and the atmosphere in every drawing is like “something will happen in the next few seconds… something…” but nothing’s happening. It reminds me of the atmosphere and writing in Haruki Murakami’s books.
LWD: Fantastic. Now, onto a most serious question. If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
KB: A big sketchbook and pencils, a knife and a bunch of tampons.
LWD: That may be the best answer, possibly ever? Smart. Damn smart. Okay, you win one bonus… Pass the baton - who should we interview next?
KB: You should definitely interview A Thousand Daisies next!
Oh and I don’t know but if your interested in the fashion scene too, then you should definitely interview Dana Kanin!
LWD: You got it, lady. athousanddaisies… keep an eye out for a message from us soon… Kaethe, can’t thank you enough for fitting us in for a chat about you and your work. Be well, stay lovely, and above all, keep drawing. <3
Like this interview? Be sure to check out our previous Q&As, right here.