If you have visited the DMA lately, you have probably encountered the friendly face of Cathy Davis-Famous at the Visitor Services Desk. The Museum is so lucky to have someone like Cathy – someone who is ready to help families find their way through the galleries, suggest exhibitions to see, and provide a warm greeting to incoming visitors. Most people probably don’t know that not only is Cathy a welcoming face of the Museum, but she is also an artist. I had the privilege of sitting down and talking with Cathy to learn a little bit about her and her artwork.
What is your favorite thing about your job here at the DMA?
I love the interaction with visitors! I really enjoy people and am glad that I was promoted from Gallery Attendant to Visitor Services. I love talking to people and being surrounded by art.
What inspires you as an artist?
Vibrant and patterned papers, fashion, fabrics, and beautiful paintings.
What types of art do you enjoy making most?
I like creating with paper…pretty much anything that deals with paper inspires me. I read a quote once…”Rock is dead, paper and scissors live on!” I don’t remember who said it, but I like it! I love making paper dolls. I started wishing that I had studied fashion and just began creating paper dolls.
What materials do you prefer to use?
I can use anything – from paper to recycled materials. I’m drawn to colors, patterns, designs on paper…I started asking coworkers to save papers for me – anything that they were planning to recycle, they would show me first. I collected so many great things – samples of paper, catalogs, brochures from other museums, and brochures from our Museum. I often frequent paint shops and Home Depot asking for discounted books of wallpaper; I have collected some beautiful wallpapers over the years!
What has been your favorite exhibition at the Museum?
Definitely The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. Gaultier takes the prize! Everything he created was so over the top. I had never see anything like it. All of the textures, fabrics, beadwork and the way that he combined everything was out of this world.
Do you have a favorite work of art here at the Museum?
I could think on this question forever…it is so difficult to answer! I am drawn to little girls and girly things – so I would have to say…Dorothy by John Singer Sargent. I am the mother of two boys and have two grandsons. I am still waiting on a grandaughter – I need someone I can pass on my doll collection to!
What advice would you give to young, aspiring artists?
Hold on to your dreams and ideas – don’t let them go! Continue to create art – – no matter what. Create, create, create!
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