Statement: Kathleen says, ‘Last year I was making a series of paintings from a gift that my sister gave to me. This was a collection of lace dated from 1922. The collection came from an auction in Edinburgh and many of the samples had not been opened. I made a series of paintings and drawings from this collection, in particular the Chantilly Lace. I like to work with veils of thin oil paint and lace has a fascinating structure; it is fragile, yet the stitches are physically strong and its transparency lets light filter through. For the SHOWCASE exhibition I am exhibiting a sample of these works.
How would you describe your practice?
I would describe my practice as that of a Fine Artist working with painting and drawing.
How has being selected for SHOWCASE supported your practice?
The exhibition has made me focus on the new series of lace drawings that I am making for the show to accompany the paintings.
What is your earliest memory of art?
Looking at a sample of cloth in the 1960’s that had a pop art pattern on it in bright primary colours.
Which artists have influenced your work?
Many over the years Agnus Martin, David Bomberg, Paula Rego, Oskar Kokoschka, Judy Chicago to name just a few
Who is your favourite living artist? And favourite artist from the past?
What is your favourite piece of art?
Claude Monet The Water Lily series
What piece of advice would you give to a new artist?
Always keep drawing and thinking of projects.
Future shows/new projects?
Research in process Dean Castle, Kilmarnock, Scotland.