The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Caitlyn Murphy: Caitlyn, 27, artist
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
CM: I like to go on walks, I like to read and watch sports. Movies too. I spend a lot of my free time with friends or family, and they are very inspiring to me. But I think for the most part, walking and looking fuels my work the most.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
CM: It’s definitely a hard balance. Making work for a client can be fun, and it’s nice to be hired to make something solely because of your output. There’s definitely anxiety that happens because of that though. And there’s anxiety with personal work too... It’s complicated.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
CM: Late mornings and early afternoons are my most productive hours. Most creative… depends on the day!
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
CM: More paintings, more shows!
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
CM: I am always painting, whether it's for something specific or just personal work. Right now I'm developing a new body of work focusing around fruit and corner stores. I also have a book with Swimmers Press in the works.
TCU: What scares you?
CM: Climate change.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
CM: Having my own puppy!
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
CM: Reading is really important for so many reasons but I really encourage people to read books on what interests them. And to go on walks.
You can head over to www.caitlynmurphy.ca to find out more about Caitlyn and to oogle more of her beautiful work.