Sunday, September 13, 2020

Caoilfhionn Hanton, at work at Stephen Street.

CAOILFHIONN Hanton is a 22-year-old artist from Tramore, Waterford. Her parents own the Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms and she has four younger siblings, one being a year-old dog Snoop. She is going into her second year of Visual Art in WIT and her most recent piece of work is the extraordinary portrait of the late Jack Charlton at Norris’s Corner.

Day in a life

I usually wake up to the sound of my security guard dog’s morning barks, and start my day with a coffee – pnly Aldi’s finest filter coffee. I’d buy a fancy coffee machine but I’m concerned with the environmental impact of those pods! Anyway, I walk the dog and try finish conceptual sketches for commissions most days. I might spend time with family or friends. I could also go to the sites I’ll be painting to talk to clients directly. I’ll probably waste some time on the internet, save a few memes to my phone and call it a day. Good night x

What school did you go to?

I went to the Ursuline for primary and secondary! I moved out to Tramore when I was seven years old but decided that the small fortune of six years’ Tramore bus fare was worth the familiarity.

What teacher do you remember most vividly?

Miss Power! My English teacher for most of secondary who just happens to be an actress and literary icon. She was a contemporary and fun figure to me whilst we dreaded the leaving cert. I was excited for every class, even if I had not learned my King Lear quotes and wasn’t sure if my essay was mildly inappropriate or not. 

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

I would tell my younger self to relax with the boy obsession and to get my head in the books (obviously). I’d love to go back like a time-travelling Kris Jenner and start my art career earlier if I was given the chance but sure, look!

How do you relax?

I’m generally a positive person and don’t tend to get majorly stressed. If I do need to relax, you’ll either find me texting friends in a horizontal position or down an internet rabbit hole researching topics like hip-hop rivalry or colonialism until 2am. I also sometimes create things to relax when I’m being good.

What is your favourite film and piece of music?

I’ve always said The Goonies is my favourite but it could be any of the Jackass films, too! I’m not a well-versed cinephile whatsoever unfortunately. My cranial activity thrives in short spurts, similar timing to most YouTube documentaries or even Tik-Toks. I’m awful! My all-time favourite piece of music (another years old answer) would have to be The Suburbs by Arcade Fire. 

When was the last time you cried?

I cry a healthy amount but it was probably last week. A flash in the pan issue,  I’m sure! 

What has been your happiest moment of recent times?

Finishing the Jack Charlton mural for Waterford Walls was fantastic. It was such  a joyous three days of my life meeting deadly people, as well as Waterford being so proud of me and the painting making people  happy. 

Do you pray?

I don’t pray, no. I’m probably atheist and I rarely contemplate the big picture of life so far. My attention span could not cope with including God in the mix right now. 

What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is that I will hold myself back from accomplishments and not pulling the proverbial finger out, wasting precious time. I also fear natural disasters and nonchalantly walking around town with loo roll stuck to my shoe and trailing behind me like a bride’s train.

What is your most treasured possession?

I’m not materialistic or that sentimental really but probably my iPad Pro. I hate capitalism but I am a sucker for a friendly interface.

What is your favourite thing about living in Waterford?

Waterford people have an innate sense of comedic timing and telling stories. There is another undercurrent of creative talent emerging. Kate Bush’s mother being from Dungarvan has renewed my appreciation for the county, too.

If you could change one thing about Waterford, what would it be?

I wouldn’t change anything but I would add more diversity of people, thoughts and attitudes to the mix. I believe the begrudged “Notions” stereotype is born from Waterford being underfunded and under appreciated and could change easily with more investment. When I inevitably make my billions I’ll come back and fund many creative endeavours, including paying off Kilkenny to reclaim Ferrybank! 

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