Hi Kate, Can you tell us a bit about your career as an artist and how you got started in the industry?
I completed a degree in Fine Art back in the UK thirty-five years ago. Since then I’ve been working as a professional freelance artist creating my own work and also work in both community and educational settings as a facilitator. I balance my time between these two areas as I feel my teaching practice is enriched by my own career path. I have exhibited locally and nationally and I am keen to start exhibiting internationally over in Perth in the near future. My practice is mixed media in both 2D and 3D depending on the idea and focus of the work. I often work on a large-scale and my pieces are rich and colourful as well as being innovative and thought-provoking. Over the last few years I have collaborated with the University of Sheffield, working with science research to explore bioengineering, which has resulted in successful funding bids from Arts Council England
Your current works are inspired by the brain and its connection to creativity. Can you tell us more about that?
My current project explores the art of disconnection both socially and from a neuroscience perspective. I have partnered with the uni again to access images and research ideas. I feel that becoming disconnected to both the sense of self and the world around us has increased and we can reconnect through creativity and exploring how we feel. Neuroscience research suggests we need to look after our brain and body and keep habits, which is why I’m looking at repeated patterns from brain imagery and the landscape and marrying the two together. All of this new work will inform my practice back home and help to create a new exciting body of work to exhibit.
What’s been the best thing about your residency so far?
Having the opportunity to spend eight weeks developing new ideas and artwork in an inspiring amazing place like FAC. It’s such a privilege to have this residency. I have not had the time to think and create like this since art college because I have to balance my time in the UK. New ideas have developed and I am very excited about future work.
You’re opening your studio to visitors on Wed 5 & Wed 12 February. What are you hoping to get from this?
Just to meet people in Fremantle to discuss how they feel about creativity and their connection to it and to get feedback on my current thinking and artwork. I am interested to see if there’s any difference between these discussions and those I plan to have back in the UK as I will repeat the conversations back home. These will also feed into my research and new work.
Kate invites you to chat and explore her works. Her studio is open to view 10am–3:30pm, Wed 5 + Wed 12 February. You can