International Women’s Day Interview with Louise McNaught

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we were lucky enough to get an interview with one of artrepublic’s top female artists, Louise McNaught

 

We talked about what International Women’s Day meant to her, who has been an inspirational figure to her and a bit about her up and coming project. See the interview below.

Louise McNaughtEmma: Hi Louise, thank you for doing this interview with us, especially with it currently being international women’s month. To start off, I wanted to first ask what does International Women’s Day mean to you?

To be completely honest, it didn’t mean much to me previously. I initially felt that there was no need to have a specific day for women and for men. However, after having my daughter it has had more meaning to me, as I would like for my daughter to have as many possibilities in life in a world of equality.

Emma: Do you feel that you are an inspiration to other female artists who might be starting out?

I do often get contacted by female art students that look to me for advice and guidance. I often get asked if I can help them with projects that they have going on. It’s very flattering to say you have inspired someone as I’m just acting on what inspires me and if that speaks to others that’s fantastic!

Emma: That sounds great that you are approached by young artists and that you offer advice. Do you view yourself as a role model for younger women? 
King of a Fading Empire by Louise McNaught

Ever since I had my daughter, I now try to be a better, more responsible person! I don’t like to think of myself as a role model – that’s a very weighty title. I’d like the title ‘Inspirer’ instead, I hope I inspire women that want to pursue art, and who think the art world is male-dominated (and admittedly it still is), that they can still go for it! Having Autumn opened my eyes to the world, and it makes me think more about how life will be for her as she grows up, and I hope I can inspire her to go for whatever she is inspired by.

Emma: Are there any inspirational female figures that had an impact on you while growing up and to also you currently?The Darker the Night the Brighter the Stars by Louise McNaught

I would have to say my mum was a huge inspiration to me. Especially when it comes to how I want to raise my daughter. The way she raised me, makes me want to do the same for my daughter. One artist that that really inspired me growing up was the artist Susan Seddon Boulet. Her artwork isn’t very popular over here in England but in the US, she has a big following … even though she died many years ago. Her art and career inspired me as an artist.

Emma: Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Yes, I have always wanted to be an artist. There are baby pictures of myself holding a pen in a very steady way from around age 1, and by the time I was 8, I definitely knew that I wanted to be an artist. My family were not artists, so this was very much a solitary pursuit.

Emma: So, we know that you graduated from the University of Greenwich back in 2012. Do you have a favourite memory of when you were at the university?

For me, the best thing about University was meeting other artists. Meeting more misfits like me. I didn’t know any other artists back at home, so it was great A Star is Born by Louise McNaughtto meet more creative minds and socialise with them.

Emma: You have many beautiful pieces that you have created over the years. What has been your favourite piece to work on and why?

I would have to say the project I am currently working on. I am starting to incorporate elements of popular culture and consumerism mixed in with my animals.

Emma: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

Get your art online! Create your own website and promote your own work across social media. Find your audience online and make sure you to get your art in front of your following.

Emma: Do you have any ongoing projects you’d like to highlight?

The current project I am working on is called ‘Consume’. As a natural progression from Endangered Animals, I am creating pieces that show how these animals are going to face extinction. This will be on display in my solo show at the Royal Overseas League in  Mayfair from the 27th of June to the 9th of September 2019.   

Louise McNaught is a contemporary artist with international representation and as of 2018 is also a published Author. Louise‘s creations feature animals that are God-like, sublime and ethereal in their presence and depiction.  

Check out all of her work HERE 

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“Our work with the Port of Oakland is a natural extension of our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Janet Liang, president, Kaiser Permanente Northern California. “We understand people have an opportunity to experience good health habits where they live, work, play and in this case, travel. Our airport expression is another example of our commitment to creating positive environments throughout the Bay Area community Kaiser Permanente has called home for almost 75 years.”

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Kaiser Permanente has installed a massive living wall at the Oakland International Airport that cleans the air naturally and helps reduce the stress of air travel for passengers.

The living wall: Taking up the entire west wall of the security checkpoint area, the wall contains 34 unique plant species, including 13 that, according to a NASA study, help clean indoor air naturally and improve the ambient environment. 

Bringing the outdoors in: Travelers are greeted by large white clouds suspended from the checkpoint and atrium ceiling. Soothing sounds of nature can be heard from speakers strategically placed near the checkpoint area. Messages on panels throughout the checkpoint encourage passengers to “breathe in,” “relax” and “thrive.”

H2O to go: Passengers will be able to refill their reusable bottles at new hydration stations, installed just past the security checkpoint. The stations dispense premium purified drinking water to help keep passengers hydrated before and during their flight.

These elements are all aimed at alleviating the anxiety, frustration and fear commonly felt by travelers, and they are part of a much broader effort by Kaiser Permanente to improve mental health and wellness in the communities it serves. This larger effort includes, but is not limited to, the Find Your Words public service campaign to de-stigmatize depression and Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools Program, which includes efforts to improve the emotional and social well-being of students and staff.

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“We are thrilled to welcome Kaiser Permanente’s contribution to the ongoing transformation of Terminal 2 at Oakland International Airport. This uplifting introduction at the screening checkpoint positively influences the early stages of the passenger experience,” said Bryant L. Francis, Port of Oakland director of aviation. “This addition at OAK creates a more relaxing environment for outbound travelers as well as the hundreds of employees based in Terminal 2.”

 

About Oakland International Airport
Oakland International is the fourth busiest airport in California and second busiest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving over 13 million travelers annually, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top business and tourism venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents. Oakland’s air service roster to over 60 nonstop destinations is offered on 12 different airline brands. The vision of Oakland International Airport is to offer customers a world-class experience and be the airport of choice for Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

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