Katherine Cleave
k_cleave@hotmail.com

ARTIST STATEMENT


I graduated from Goldsmiths in '92 having spent three years specialising in Painting. The course provided excellent critical research into theoretical debates with particular emphasis on audience interaction and examining the specific context within which a piece of work is created.

I do not identify with any particular style but adopt different styles, rather like personas and flit from one to another to explore a specific idea or myth. I find this approach less constrictive and provides a more playful approach with which to explore themes that are consistent within my work: our perception of identity and experiences as an individual compared with how we attempt to fit within society as a whole.

Skin and masquerade are useful tools to push this dialogue and underline the increasing lack of reality between what we feel and what we project. The stretched skin of the canvas literally becomes a stage for characters to adopt a painted mask, the wax-like seal of the enamel paint offers anther skin-like mask to apply a taut emotion. The characters are often pantomime dames or mime artists, themselves parodying human emotions. Who is watching who? The character in the piece entitled 'Stage', taunts the audience from behind the curtain: but who is behind the costume and why is the stage empty and which audience is he jeering at; the one depicted or the viewer themselves?

For me, style is just another prop, or means to an end. A hat to put on today, tomorrow, the freedom for a new costume change to explore a new character. Essentially, the same themes are always running like a strong current throughout my work. The narrative within each piece describes a character and the style adopted serves to emphasise the fragmented nature of his or her identity.

Creating a piece is like giving an inanimate object power. Rather like the original (and slightly simplistic definition of Fetish: an object imbued with power). My only indication that a piece is finished is when it feels as though it has taken on a life form on its own. It no longer needs me. It has its own presence.

That, for me, is art.


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PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

PORTRAITS
Sarah (Pretty in Pink)
Astrid (Dancer)
Giselle (Woman in Red)
Guy (Joker)
Will (Will)

PAINTINGS
S.Johnson (Sanctuary)
J.Smith (Landscape)
Julian (Mime Artist)

MURALS
Camden & Westminster Council - Whitfield St., London W1T
Translation Company - Antwerp, Belgium

SCULPTURE
Clay Hand
Stef Camil Karlens, Singer (DEUS / MOONDOG JNR)


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EXHIBITIONS

IMPERIAL COLLEGE
Art & Design project & Annual Exhibition Curator - London SW7

THE CULTURE - Mr.S.Tyszko (Dir.)
Designed Multimedia Project for the ICA - The Mall, London SW1

AA PROPERTY SERVICES - Mr.A.Atta (Dir.)
Solo show - Finchley, London NW2

INDIAN DANCE SOCIETY - Mr.S.Morag (Dir.)
Designed & Programmed Director movie for stage backdrop for 3 annual performances at Edinburgh Festival.

SANS WALK GALLERY
Multimedia Show - London EC1

FITZROVIA OPEN - Mr.S.Roper (Dir.)
Digital / Electronic Arts Project - London WC1

URBAN CAMOUFLAGE - 5 Performance Artists
Multimedia Production based on interdisciplinary hybrid forms - London N1

MUSICKNESS - Mr.C.Pierre (Dir.)
Multimedia Event "Bazarre Curieux" - Nighttown, Rotterdam, Belgium

GINZA
Solo Show - Paintings & Multimedia Projection
Albermarle Street, London W1

CHOCO BLOCK
36 Artists using Painting, Performance and Installation
Wood Green, London N2

IVANS
Solo show - Kings Cross, London WC1

TRAM DEPOT ART GALLERY
Group show entitled "Twins" - London E5

THE SOUK - Mr.J.Lynn (Dir.)
Exhibited Collage Pieces for the chain in both Oxford and High Wycombe

BAGLEY'S WAREHOUSE
12 Artists, Painting & Mixed Media
Kings Cross, London WC1

SMITHS GALLERY
Contemporary Arts Society Market - 10 Mixed Media Artists
Covent Garden, London WC2

SOUTH LONDON GALLERY
Group show entitled "Humour" - Peckham, London SE5

GOLDSMITHS GALLERY - Ms.G.Sheridan (Curator)
Exhibited at 3 end of term shows - New Cross, London SE14
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