I use painting's complex and seductive language as a platform to create pictures laced with both abstract and figurative tensions. Working in varying scales, I aim to impose a direct physical impact, whilst celebrating the diversity of gestural expression explored across dense surfaces of incorporated raw and alternative material. Determined by the contrasts of my scales, material of industrial and organic nature are embedded into surfaces of plaster, resin and bitumen, acting as the principal foundation of the overall compositional structure. Accordingly, the painting then evolves from a harmony of intuition and playful experimentation. The ambition of a piece is to transfer an energy that evokes tension in viewers, alluding to a state of reflection.
This energy derives from an interpretation of personal experience, as I take influence from an expansive array of sources, absorbed from my own consciousness of place, atmosphere, identity, and perception. The incorporation of found material plays an important role in communicating this experience, often using detritus from abandoned urban environments, building sites and agricultural scrap. I enjoy the juxtaposition of their origins, whilst allowing the specific values of their collective aesthetic to embody my pieces with a visual complexity.
I record these personal experiences in handmade books as visual diaries to then manifest into compositional elements and gestural forms to support and forge a diverse painting vocabulary. Thus allowing the content of the painting to continually flirt with recognition and suggestion, applying documented observational references, however eluding literal apprehension and layering a sensual ambiguity.
Katie was born in Inverness in 1989. Situated in The Cairngorm National Park, she grew up in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, before training at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. Since graduating in 2012 with a First Class Bachelors of Arts Honors Degree, in which year she was also awarded The John Guthrie Ochar Memorial Prize for Painting and The Royal Scottish Academy's John Kinross Scholarship to Florence, Katie has been exhibiting widely throughout the U.K. Her work can be seen in a variety of Scottish collections, including The Royal Scottish Academy, Duncan of Jordanstone, and The Haining Charitable Trust. She has recently completed a six month residency with the RSA's Residencies for Scotland Scheme and is now based in Glasgow city building her artist profile. She can be found printmaking with Glasgow Print studio, painting in her city center studio and working as a Gallery assistant with The Modern Institute.