Photography: Andrew Millar / andrewmillarphotographer.com

If you had to describe your artistic style in a sentence, what would you say?
I work in mixed media and my art is contemporary, intuitive and forever changing.

Have you always wanted to create art?
Yes, I’ve not stopped since being a child. I had some great influences, one being our next-door neighbour Val – she gave a lot of time to me and my sister to create art and play music. Her house was full of floor cushions, plants and incense and had a huge rainbow painted in the hallway.

Can you pinpoint a moment or a piece of art that initially inspired you?
Not really, other than travelling to new places because it makes me feel alive and to see in an alien-like way. Or being around nature, because it looks beautiful and clears the mind. Or music: songs that give me goosebumps, lyrics I can relate to. Or an overheard conversation. There you go, there’s loads! All things that just occur on a daily basis. Sometimes it’s the smaller things.

“I buzz off of bringing other people’s stories alive through my art and wish to collaborate more with musicians or writers”

Do you have a favourite piece of your own art? What does it say about you?
Yes, I have one untitled painting from 1999. It’s abstract, simple, beautiful with deep colour and flowing marks. Works like that cannot be reproduced, they’ll never come out the same the second time around so I won’t ever sell it. It doesn’t say anything about me, but it takes me back to a moment in time, a place and its surroundings.

What do you think is the overriding influence on your artmaking: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Emotions, I guess? My experience of how I perceive things in my mind. The child and the fantasist in me that wants to explore and see things differently to how they really appear.

If you could show at any gallery or event in the future, who would it be?
I’m not fussed about galleries. I buzz off of bringing other people’s stories alive through my art and wish to collaborate more with musicians or writers.

Do you have a favourite venue you’ve shown in?
I like venues that are inviting for all and not intimidating to walk into. If I’m thinking of aesthetic pleasure, minimalist spaces with bare brick walls show off artworks wonderfully. For all these reasons I loved seeing my work up in Milo in Leeds and am really looking forward to seeing it in Naked Lunch next month. Community vibes that encompass art in all forms and good times.

Why is art important to you?
I use art as a form of meditation, escape, release and a way of self-expression. Without it I might be a little lost soul.

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Curious Minds, an exhibition of Eimear Kavanagh’s mixed artwork, runs at Naked Lunch café between 1st and 31st October, with a private view launch event on 4th October featuring live music from Reid Anderson.

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