Cartoonist Fiona Katauskas chats to Dan Ilic (Hungry Beast /Rational Fear) about the world of the cartoonists, their backgrounds and what makes them tick. An hilarious conversation not to be missed!
Fiona Katauskas Biography
Fiona became a cartoonist quite accidentally. Prior to this incarnation, she studied politics at the Australian National University, travelled extensively and worked in overseas aid and human rights. Finding herself made redundant in late 1996, she despaired for a bit (as you do) then, with a bit of hassling from friends who’d been receiving my handmade birthday cards for years, embraced the personal reinvention zeitgeist and took up the pen on a full-time basis in 1997.
Since then, her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Bulletin, The Chaser, Eureka Street and New Matilda. Her political cartoons have popped up regularly in the National Museum’s annual Behind the Lines exhibition and Scribe’s yearly Best Australian Political Cartoons anthologies (including the cover of the 2009 edition). Fiona has also illustrated loads of books for just about every publisher, designed cards for the Ink Group and t-shirts for Mambo.
Cartoonists are lucky folk indeed – able to take all their experiences, beliefs, bile and passion, wrap them up in a metaphor and get inky fingers in the process. It’s bucketloads of fun.
Check out Fiona’s cartoon galleries fionakatauskas.com
Dates & Times:
Friday 30 May 7:00pm