We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Knight and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Courtney, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Learning a new skill, watching stand up comedy, romance, being near water, playfulness, growing my creative community~ all of these light me up, benefit my mental health and inform my work along the way.

Watching comedy and laughing at the absurdities reminds me alot of being a kid or even hanging out with kids- there’s a lightheartedness where you let yourself go, you cackle and your imagination starts racing through all the riffing possibilities… It’s a crucial part of living life for me and gives me a playful perspective for storytelling.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

Lately I tend to explore topics of intimacy, sex, jealousy, romance and fertility.
I like to jump around to drawing, painting, weaving, making clothing, painting clothing, jewelry making, ceramics and when I do I like to go all out and make large series of work. I’d say my rawness and speed help me not be too precious.

I’ve learned not all art residencies are worth doing, ask other artists about their experiences before you spend your time, money and energy.

I’m still always looking for ways to grow as an artist and am still slowly making my way. It’s been a lot of cold call emails, applying, showing up, word of mouth and art markets ~on top of making work throughout the week. Sometimes people find you but you mostly have to show people you exist. I’d love to be getting more illustration jobs with publications and companies, along with more shows for the social part.

I’m looking forward to my graphic novel on sex, IVF and infertility, it’s the biggest project I’ve ever done and its a scary kind of exciting.
I’m excited to (soon) have my ceramic work in retail spaces that were on my Dream list and planning two big shows in November ~ at Stephanie Chefas Projects and Never Coffee SW~ both locations have shown artists that I admire on their walls, so I’m geeking out!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

For shopping and inspiration I’d take you to Una, Nationale, and Stand Up Comedy.
We’d get happy hour oysters at Jacqueline, cocktails at Angel Face, then a romantic dinner at Afuri. If you wanted sweets we’d get a scoop at Kate’s Ice Cream. For laughs I’ll take you to Open Mic Night at Helium for two hours of comedy~ are you down?

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to Nick Norman! For having the most fun ceramics, wild comics and all at an approachable price point for all to take home. Orders come with vegan recipe zines and individual thank you drawings. I’m inspired by how he approaches a traditional medium and makes it playful. You can usually find Nick’s work at Lowell in Portland.

Laurs Kemp was a studio mate years ago and we have similar work ethics~ being in the studio all day each day. We would discuss art, plans and ideas for hours in between. I’m always inspired by how she turned discarded clothing into something sculptural, into wearable art. We would encourage each other to keep on going!

I recently shook hands and introduced myself to two women creatives out in the wild and I asked them out for drinks~ eee new friends! I’m hoping to build up my creative community in Portland this year. These ladies are Katie Leimbach (painting) and Megan Ladd(textiles).

Website: courtneyknight.com

Instagram: @goodknightyou

Twitter: @goodknightyou

Image Credits
Daniela Dawson Courtney Knight

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