Interview: Kench Lott Wathers
Luca Curci talks with Kench Lott Wathers during OUT OF BALANCE, second appointment of CANVAS Art Fair 2020, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space in London.
Kench Lott Weathers is an American artist residing in Savannah, Georgia. Primarily a three-dimensional artist, he creates art across many disciplines. Some of his influences consist of the Minimalists, Op-artists and Constructivists. His work has been published both nationally and internationally. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Savannah State University and a Master of Fine Arts – emphasis in sculpture – at Georgia Southern University. His installations make use of the rooms interior and architectural layout by incorporating mixed media structures in a nontraditional format; making use of the corners, ceiling and floor. The materials used range from steel, wood, light, and vinyl. His work is not a critique of contemporary society, but an escape from it; with an underlying theme of mindfulness and compassion. His installations challenge the viewers sense of space and depth.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Kench Lott Weathers – I received my undergraduate degree at Savannah State University and my Graduate degree at Georgia Southern University. I currently reside in Savannah, Georgia, USA. The human experience influences my work, including research into theology, Eastern and Western Philosophy, as well as contemporary culture.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
KLW – My latest work examines the role of the hero in an historical and contemporary societal context. There is dichotomy within the literarily interpretation of that role. The hero is not perfect, therefore the virtutes become the signifying factor. The hero becomes a metaphor and ultimately a myth.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
KLW – Conceptually, I find inspiration by conversing with individuals from different ideological perspectives. Aesthetically, I get my inspiration from architectural and sculptural genres, including the Minimalist, Op-Art and Constructivist movements.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
KLW – The polarization of the world right now is quite disheartening. It can be confusing as to where to start an idea for a project. I try to keep my concepts as universal as possible. My artwork is for everyone, no matter what their demographic.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
KLW – Yes, majority of my life I painted. It was only until Graduate School, I discovered instillation art and sculptural techniques. I started to work with metals, including large scale steel pieces, which was a new experience for me.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
KLW – My work is being exhibited in your show OUT OF BALANCE. The piece I submitted to the exhibition is from an instillation titled “Vorgeschichte”, which translates to “Pre-History” in German. Historically, societies shift from order to chaos, then eventually shift to a middle path. The same can be said about individuals as well.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
KLW – “Vorgeschichte” was a solo exhibition from last year. I thought the statement was quite fitting, in context to the current state of affairs.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
KLW – Speaking as an American artist, it’s a great platform to show my work abroad. It’s been an honor to be a part of the exhibition.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
KLW – I cannot think of any suggestions at the moment. I’m happy to take part in this.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
KLW – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone.