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Artist Feature // 5 Questions for Kiki Slaughter

Beautiful abstract work layered with color, tension, richness and texture.

Kiki Slaughter grew up in Virginia and later studied art at UVA, as well as Sotheby’s Institute in London. I mostly admire her abstract paintings which are layered with color, tension, richness and texture. Through collaborations, she has also created wallpaper, upholstery and jewelry — even designing painted headboards for one of my favorite hotels! I first encountered her work through a Charlotte-based friend that bought a piece, and have followed Kiki’s career since.

Her paintings are so full of good energy, and it is inspiring to scroll through all the beautiful color combinations she brings to life! My Q&A with Kiki, below.

Meet Kiki!

Header photo and portrait credit: Sarah Cramer Shields

5 Questions for Kiki Slaughter

1) What is your favorite kind of work to do at the moment?

I launched a fabric and wallpaper collection in September and am introducing three new patterns this fall, so have really enjoyed the process of bringing those to life. Once I started designing the collection I was hooked and want to keep creating more!

2) What kinds of things inspire you?

Travel is definitely one. I went to Kenya this summer and came back with a ton of inspiration; from the landscape to the people to the textiles and other artisan made products. The trip has inspired a few paintings so far and I am excited to make more. 

In general, I am inspired by paint itself and just being in the studio. I like to say my method is my muse; I am inspired by the very act of painting. 

 Photo credit: Sarah Cramer Shields

Photo credit: Brie Williamson

3) Who else do you admire in the art space?

A couple of my favorite fellow artists are Abby Kasonik and Kathleen Jones. I love doing trades with other artists and am grateful to have work from these talented women in my home. 

Photo credit: Kate Thompson

4) Coolest possession?

I am lucky to own one of Abby Kasonik’s one of a kind, contemporary lighted forms. We did a collaboration last year, pairing my painterly fabric lampshades with her extraordinary lamps, and I snagged a favorite to keep for myself. Her sculptures are next on my list of must haves. 

5) Favorite quote or words to live by?

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

—Dr. Akilah Cadet

I came across this quote recently and found it relatable because it is something I tell myself when I am starting something new or overcoming a challenge. Sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zones to make magic happen. 

Photo credit: Kate Thompson

To see more from Kiki, follow her on IG or visit her site.

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!

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