Kathryn's practice explores themes of loss, shame, connection and 'being female'. 
She is intrigued by the fine line that exists between pure joy and suffering. And how, often, the two sit so exquisitely, painfully, close together.
She is compelled by pattern, with its sense of being the essence of who we are; the whole universe, along with its hypnotic and seductive qualities. Equally, she is drawn by human and/or ambiguous 'figures', expressed in various forms through line and symbol. These elements unite together and are used alongside pieces from the material world, such as wooden sticks or alphabet letters. Her work sometimes feels iconoclastic with a sense of a ‘surrendered’ central figure. Alphabet forms also appear as senseless language, or perhaps they are her words defeated by their inability to touch that palpable 'otherliness' of life, which she feels more hope of reaching as a painter. 
Kathryn works from her studio at home, with a process in which ideas are explored, researched and developed through an array of sketchbooks and drawings, and then finally, on to the paintings. However, the results often feel like strangers to her; she doesn’t ‘recognise’ them. This contradiction seems somehow important to her work. She makes drawings and paintings mostly on paper, wood panels and raw canvas, stretched and nailed to the wall. Her work tends to use a subdued palette of yellows, blues, greens and pinks. The painterly, spacial grounds and linear forms sit alongside hard edged, formal areas. Thoughts suggest materials.
Painting, she believes, allows a space in which memories, conflicts and feelings can be  explored, painted and subsequently, subjectively ‘felt', by the viewer.
Kathryn lives on the edge of London with her teenage daughter, Bella, and their dog, Tink. 2021
Education
Slade School of Art, London 
Postgraduate Fine Art, Painting. Higher Diploma, Bursary student 
1991-1993
Wimbledon School of Art, London
BA (hons) Degree in Fine Art, Painting, First Class
1989-1991
Reigate School of Art, Surrey
Foundation in Art, with Distinction
1988-1989
Groups and Exhibitions
September 2021
Open Studio
November 2020
The Auction Collective
The Autumn Auction
Curated by Francesca Wilson
More Salt in your Tears, shortlisted
Kingston Museum
Postponed 2020
Kaos Open Studio
Postponed 
2019
Member of KAOS
Kingston Artist Open Studios
2012
Gallery 53A 
Spaces, Marks & Meditation
KAOS
Open studios, Kingston
After graduation:
Germinations 5, Ludvig Forum
Aachen, Germany & Budapest, Hungary
Group show, selected European young artists
Speyhawk Space, Wimbledon
Group show
Wimbledon Library, Wimbledon
Group show





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