Kaethe Butcher is a 24-year-old creative born in Leipzig, Germany. Currently she is studying fashion design in Berlin. However, we didn’t talk to her about fashion but about her skill for drawing – naked girls.
“I’m drawing stories – short stories, novels, never ending stories. Stories from a thought, from a feeling, a question with no answer. I’m drawing my own stories, my questions and emotions. The viewers will draw their own, ask their personal questions and maybe even find the answers. I give the key, but they are supposed to search for the right door – in the cellar.”
Traci: Your work is very open about sex – is this because you are, or you’d like to be, or we all should be?
Butcher: We all could be, but it’s not a must. Everyone can do whatever they wants and should talk about it without a snarky glance from the counterpart. Sex is only a word. Sometimes it’s magic but I never saw the magic – only three letters. Maybe that’s why I’m like: I don’t give a fuck.
You draw mainly women – why?
Because I really love to draw curvy bodies, the elegance of women, even when they’re not doing elegant things. I love the softness and I love to set the softness in a harsh context. Contrasts are the best. And women are beautiful.
How and when did you start drawing this theme?
I started drawing this in 2013. I was always interested in the female body and wanted to link it with emotions. The viewer should see their own emotions and thoughts in my illustrations. This is a really complicated thing to draw and I’m not done with my style.
You’ve actually stated you never had good sex. Your images do look like good sex, though. Define good sex in three words?
Love. Passion. Laughs. Spontaneousness. (Four words but sshhhh)
Do you have a favorite porn star or a movie?
Oh yeah I’ve found such a lovely movie named “Emma & Katie California Girls”. I really like it, so sweet and amazing background music, haha!
There is a touch of tragedy in your works, and a lot of lust. Do you see lust more of a negative feeling than a good one?
For me lust is a neutral feeling. There are only good or negative after-effects.
I think innocence plays an important role in your works. How do you see innocence?
Innocence, really? Wow okay, I can’t see innocence in my works, only cluelessness. But of course both are similar to each other. And neither is bad. But comfortable. Personally, I’m tired of cluelessness. I am totally clueless. These words see me, but I cannot see them.
What kind of women (or men) inspire your work – can you name someone?
I could name someone – yes. Some artists inspire me a lot: Takato Yamamoto, Egon Schiele, Riikka Sormunen.
Do you ever get an idea for a drawing but then think its ‘too much’?
What do you think about erotic art in general?
Graceful and morbid erotic art like Takato Yamamoto are the high class – I adore it. There is some fascination, which surrounds it, some mysterious thing – a forbidden thing, a finger on the lips to say Shhh – we don’ talk about it. You can look at an excellent piece of erotic art for a long time. I visited the Egon Schiele exhibition in London’s Courtauld Gallery. It was such a great experience – I sat there on a sofa and looked and dreamed for a really long time. But sadly some people only see erotic art as sensationalism.