Multi-tasking comes easier to women it is said – but Cathrin Machin is taking it to the next level.
Whether it’s running an award-winning video game studio or performing as a DJ in Ibiza as well as all around Australia, this 30-year-old is over-achieving in the nicest possible way.
The English-born Albion Park resident only recently decided to take up painting but is already excelling, with her space-based imagery artwork a hit here and abroad.
‘’Having succeeded in the video game industry I decided to dip my toe in the art career and ended up almost drowning in orders,’’ Machin half-joked.
‘’I'm just so stunned. My art was always a hobby and I never thought it would take off like this.
‘’To have so much support [art sales] all over the world is fantastic. At last count I think there was close to 50 different countries that I’m sending my artwork to.
I just sold a painting for $4500. It's crazy.
‘’I just sold a painting for $4500. I never imagined it would be like this at all.
‘’My only goal really was to host a little get together, have a few paintings and mainly just have a big party, nothing too serious.’’
The little get-together she is talking about is happening on Saturday, December 3 at the M2 Gallery in Surry Hills.
Like the artist herself, Machin’s debut solo exhibition From Quanta to Quasars, is for ‘’edgy nerds’’, and features a series of oil paintings from the depths of outer space ‘’taking a journey through breathtaking galaxies, nebulae and black holes’’.
It was only after watching a TED Talk on ‘’visualising goals’’ that Machin set the wheels in motion to a promising art career which less than 12 months down the track is flourishing.
True to form she also exceeded all expectations when she started a Kickstarter campaign to fund her exhibition and art. Machin smashed her $4000 tally in less than a day and at the end of the 30-day campaign had secured more than $50,000 in pledges.
‘’It’s crazy. It is the most successful art-based Kickstarter in the whole of NSW and it is number two in the whole of Australia,’’ she said.
This winning form was evident when Machin was the project lead for a video game in Rhodes Sydney called Warhammer 40,000: Regicide, which won Best Australian/New Zealand made game in the IGN 2015 Black Beta Select Awards.
‘’That was fantastic but nowadays I’m more focused on my art and keeping myself busy as the director of two companies.’’