We were excited to introduce the talented Saoise Bancroft to our line up of visual artists at Species 2015. Originally from Co. Leitrim Saoise has a great eye for character based work and is currently studying to be a animation artist in Dublin.
Saoise Bancroft’s live paint at Species 2015
• Tell us a little about yourself as an Artist:
I’m an animation student in BCFE Dublin, and really enjoy it! I’m very inspired by cartoons, such as invader Zim, Gravity Falls, Over the Garden Wall, Rick and Morty and Steven Universe. I really enjoy creating my own characters and drawing them. Hopefully someday I’ll make a cartoon of my own! I’ve taken part in several exhibitions in Co. Leitrim, including The Upset an environmental art event against Fracking held in Drumbshanbo and a few at the Solas art gallery in Ballinamore. I hope to improve everyday as an artist and give the world a little something to enjoy.
• How long have you been making art and what drives you to do it?
I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember. My earliest drawing that looked like anything, was of a goat at the age of two (we had goats). I love being an artist, it’s a way for me to channel myself into something productive, and express myself in a way that I can put across to others without having to use words. Someday I hope to be as good as I want to be, but in the meantime, I’m driven by my hopes to improve.
• What part of Gothic culture captured your imagination for your piece at Species?
I suppose the art piece I did for species was probably heavily influenced by industrial. I really like the idea of space, and I tried to incorporate that into my artwork as much as I could, while still maintaining a Gothic overtone. I’m fascinated by bones and skeletal structures, and you can see that in my art.
• How do you find the experience of painting with an audience?
I was painting the wall beside the outhouse, so my audience mainly consisted of people waiting to use to loo! They were a great audience none the less, and I had quite a few very interesting conversations with people while I painted. I quite enjoyed the experience, it was definitely very interesting. It made me look at my own art from their point of view, and how they saw it come together in stages rather than all together like I did, as I was constantly working on it.
• What preparations for your live paint, did you do on the run up to species?
I prepared for it by drawing a couple of preliminary sketches, and brainstorming. I considered the different materials I could use, and how I might position my painting in the frame I had to work with. I also had to set myself drawing a lot of very Gothic sketches to prepare my headspace for the live painting.
• What part of Gothic culture intrigues you most?
Really? I don’t know. I feel like the parts of Gothic culture that intrigue me are set so far into my person that it’s difficult for me to find them and pin a name to them. I’ve been very interested in Gothic culture since I was a young baby (12 years old) and my interest sort of blossomed from there and mutated into what I am today. I suppose the art piece I did for species was probably heavily industrial.
• What is your views Gothic and Industrial culture in Ireland today?
I find Gothic and industrial culture very interesting. As a college student in Dublin, I have the opportunity to see a lot of alternative people especially in temple bar. I think that Gothic/Industrial culture is very much alive and kicking and I love to see it wherever I go.
• What parts of Species did you enjoy most?
I most enjoyed the experience I had with the people there. It was the first time I’d really been submersed in Gothic culture, and not felt out of place or intimidated! Everyone was so nice and I had a fantastic time, I can’t wait until next year!
• Would you like to be artistically involved next year?
Yes definitely! I would be very interested to see how my art would have progressed by this time, and I really enjoyed painting for an audience. Species was a really fantastic festival, and I’d love to take part in the creativity there again.