Hetty Douglas, Artist
Hi Hetty, how’re things? I hope all is well with you, and you are excited about the new decade. Could I start by asking you to tell us a little bit about your work? What inspires your work, and where do your ideas come from?
My work is inspired by the complexities of life, based on observations of society, surroundings and self.
Is it fair to call your work painting? You tend to work on canvas, but you work with lots of different materials and media, often not typically associated with painting.
Yes, I work a lot with cement and filler. I work a lot with texture; these heavy materials bulge out from a flat canvas. Alongside those materials though, I always layer with acrylic, spray paint and sometimes oil. So, yeah I’d say they’re paintings.
And you studied fashion illustration at university. How would you say that informs your work today?
I don’t think the course informed my work at all, really. Uni, for me, was a way of moving out of Nottingham. I’ve met great artists and seen incredible things here in London; all of those moments are what inform my work.
You’re from a creative family too. How important are clothes to you?
I’m not a huge fan of spending money on clothes. It feels unnatural to me; I don’t like anything over-styled. My mum always wears Levi’s 501s with a linen shirt. She’s an (incredible) artist and a massive influence on me – both style-wise and creatively.