Kate is interested in what looking feels like, and making a visual record of that experience. A linguist who speaks nine languages, her work is influenced by writers and thinkers of diverse cultures and historical periods. The spiritual is her main concern. Through re-contextualisation, she shares her love of the everyday, and deifies the ordinary.
Her work explores the places in between, the anonymous shifts and overlaps between East and West, the structured and the casual, the banal and the sublime, the academic and the sensual, high culture and trash, in all of which she is fully and whole-heartedly engaged. Her main influence is Chinese calligraphy and culture, but her love of the late gothic / early renaissance period appears in the formal naivety of her work, particularly in the portraits of trees.
Her love of the ordinary, as well as influence from the arte povera movement, led her to work in Chinese ink which she ground herself in the traditional way, on apparently value-less Kraft wrapping paper.
Kate draws inspiration from Duccio, Duchamp, Van Gogh, Takashi Yasumura, Chinese Scholars’ Rocks, Cornelia Parker, Odilon Redon, Helleu, Hilma af Klint and flotsam and jetsam from the gutter-merchants of the Golborne Road. She is an admirer of the 19th century Viennese art historian and philosopher Alois Riegl and his theories of 'aufmerksaikemt'. This is the pouring of one’s self into what one is looking at, the giving of attention. Riegl believes the viewer bringing his or her whole self and life experience to an object is what gives it its significance.
UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
Hay Festival Segovia, Spain
AidEx Conference, Brussels
Centre Flagey, Brussels
Edinburgh International Festival
Migration Museum, London
Launch of World Refugee Week, Hull City Centre
Counterpoints Arts, London
Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona
Mesa Arts Centre, Arizona
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
The Alice, Seattle
50 Golborne, London
ARTCOP21, at the Eiffel Tower, Paris
430 E Cooper Avenue, Aspen
502 West 27th Street, New York
Septieme Etage, Geneva
Cafe Les Deux Magots, Paris
Les Rencontres d'Arles, France
Salon 94 Bowery, New York
Louisa Guinness Gallery, London
Southbank Centre, London
Marie Victoire Poliakoff Gallery, Paris