The Artist Sees Differently: Kate Boone

Kate Boone, Museum Assistant

Kate Boone on post. Photo: Claire Norman

How did you learn about the Phillips?

My mom is really into art and a complete art buff. I grew up in D.C. and would go to the museum when I was young.

Do you feel you are inspired by the Phillips artwork ?

There’s something really special about being able to sit with the art all day. Just simply being in such a creative environment day after day really keeps my brain occupied. It’s funny because my work couldn’t be any more different than the art in the Phillips but I feel like it’s impossible not to feel inspired. There is so much variety which keeps it new and exciting, but at the end of the day I feel blessed to be sitting among works by some of the artists that truly started it all.

What do you listen to as you prepare your photographs?

I usually end up listening to something like Henry Mancini or the soundtrack to Woody Allen’s Manhattan or completely space out to some bizarre electronic music . . . or [the D.C. punk band] Bad Brains.

Who’s your favorite artist in the collection?

That’s very tough since there is so much that I haven’t even seen yet; however, I think I’m gonna have to go with Howard Hodgkin‘s As Time Goes By (2009). I can’t remember the last time I felt that moved by a piece of art. Although I really like Raoul Dufy, Degas, and André Derain.

Do you collect other artwork – or anything?

Polaroid cameras. However I never throw anything away so I could easily argue “what don’t I collect?” I have boxes and boxes of memorabilia from throughout the years and trinkets. From Pee-Wee Herman bobble heads to boxes of train tickets and old keys–I guess you could say I have it all.

-Rolf Rykken

Kate Boone, Never Date A Bartender, 2011. Photograph, 2×3 in. unframed, 5×7 in. framed. Private collection

3 thoughts on “The Artist Sees Differently: Kate Boone

  1. Hi Kate! If you’re into Bad Brains you MUST go see “Hard Art 1979” at Civilian Art Projects on 7th St NW. None other than our dear Alec MacKaye was involved with the project…you’ll love it! Oh, and I like Henry Mancini, too…it’s not often you see someone reference him as a musical fave! 🙂

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