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Katherine Ellis
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  • London
  • United Kingdom
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College / University
London Metropolitan University
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Ba (Hons) Fine Art
June 15, 2012
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
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About my artwork
My work describes a space in constant flux. Within the abundance of layers and painterly textures, the painting reveals the uneventful spaces of somewhere and nowhere, devoid of explicit narrative, yet holding a unique entrance for contemplation. The paintings possess a sharp animated energy, which describes, much like a film still, a frozen moment; with the visual process halted, you are left to ponder the event or action which had previously occurred within the isolated scenes.
Even though the painted scenes are left uninhabited, the loose but identifiable brush strokes often leave behind traces of human interaction, lending a more poignant and forlorn feeling to the paintings. The fractured compositions become forensic traces of modern ruins, inexplicably conceived and abandoned. Within the paintings neither time nor place is fixed; portals to nowhere which force us to contemplate a disorientating Kafkaesque space as compelling as it is non-existent. Recalling Gordon Matta-Clarke’s deconstructions, the interrupted interiors hold surrealist qualities; juxtaposing compositions and arrangements of objects in an often unlikely context. The diminutive size of the paintings alongside an often muted palette lure you in close for intimate viewing , portraying a transitory state, despite a sense of containment suggested by the compositions.
My practice has become less constrained within the process of making, with a distinctive desire to embrace and revel in the obscurities and chance effects, adopting elements of abstract as well as figurative forms within my language of representation. The specifics and experiential encounters with place, particularly the remote and non-inhabited continues to exert an influence in my thinking, whilst simultaneously opening out to the renditions of the materials world; a thought, idea or impression can be an equally considered influence.

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At 15:43 on June 26, 2012, Luke Gilliam said…

Just looked at your site - it lookds great. Your work is quite tense which is wonderful - keep building on that tension and the work itself will find it's place ie shows and events will come easily. Yeah really like your work - what city are you based in?

At 9:03 on March 11, 2012, Luke Gilliam said…

Really like your work. Keep me posted with updates. L



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