Installation view of graduating exhibition:
'Mother', pigmented chalk pastel, paper on panel, 218cm (excluding dust fallout) x 150cm
'Morpheus', wishbone, pigment, wax, genuine gesso and wood 130cm x 15cm
Kate Knight is currently studying MA (Fine Art) at City and Guilds of London School of Art 2020/21.
"Historically, craft and tradition have played a vital role in establishing the feminine psyche, and it is these motifs that inspire and traverse my practice.
Developments into exposing the psyche by material means, engage with specific made from scratch materials, such as; watercolour, genuine gesso, chalk pastel, as well as raw materials such as; wax, pigment, and clay. In seeking out materials that incite to transcend us beyond our own materiality, enables an agency that operates visually in unveiling the hidden and silent self, whilst simultaneously, operating in the concealment and disguise.
A strong focus is placed upon catharsis and wishing, whilst physical acts engage with animating the inanimate, things that are too difficult to speak of, and things that cannot be altered in this reality. Perfuming the spirit of the work, is a magical aesthetic, in which colour brings fourth experiences of optical interference and illusion. However, grounding the experience are gestures that physically bring us back down to earth, with a bite that revels in an animalistic rebellion of powdered plumes and subversive form.
These reverent and sacrilegious acts rub up against one another, in humming vibration; in a bid to enchant the disenchanted."
Knight studied her BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting at Chelsea College of Art and design 2005. She was selected as runner up for the Marmite Prize for Painting 2010 as well as being selected for ‘Artist of the Day’ Flowers Central on Cork Street 2010 by professor Mo Throp. She is a regular participant at London's prestigious Art Car Boot Fair.