Installation view: 'Morpheus (Sleepwalker)'
Fercula (wishbone), wax, raw pigment and plinth
'It Longed Itself to Touch and Kiss so Fair a Body
Hand made chalk pastel and paper on panel
140cm x 95cm
Photo credit: Martina O'shea
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.
My works engage with specific materials, such as, chalk pastel made from scratch and physical acts that I consider to be a conduit for expression. Inspired and informed by materials that performs acts of empowerment, liberation, a mastery of craft, in search of a materialism the aspires to transcend its own materiality.
Perfuming the spirit of the work are aesthetics of magic and illusion, by way of, colours that bring forth optical illusion, subjects of portraiture escaping the frame, leaving behind the tropes and stains of femininity, as well as, necromantic attempts to animate the inanimate, so as to awaken and elevate a memory into the present. In doing so, enabling an agency that operates visually in weaponising and empowering, a hidden and silent self. In an aim of illuminating and giving voice to the unspeakable and inexpressible, things that are to difficult to speak of and things that cannot be altered, in this reality.
Kate Knight works primarily with figurative imagery. She is currently studying an MA in Fine Art at City and Guilds of London School of Art 2020/21.
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.