Katherine Cleave
k_cleave@hotmail.com

ARTIST STATEMENT


KATHERINE CLEAVE studied at Winchester School of Fine Art and Goldsmiths College, specialising in Painting. She uses a variety of styles to explore our perception of identity and our experiences as an individual within society. The medium of collage has provided a wonderful outlet to subvert the context of a known image and recast the central character against a backdrop of visual poetry.

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 another skin-like mask to apply a taut emotion. Some of her characters are pantomime dames or mime artists, creating a wonderful parody of human emotions with which to underline the increasing lack of reality between what we feel and what we project.

Recurring themes such as the creation and appraisal of art; the individual within society; time; the fragility of health; death and masquerade are all prevalent in both her artwork and poetry.

"Creating a piece is like giving an inanimate object power. I feel that a piece is finished when it has taken on a life form on its own. It has its own presence, it no longer needs me."

Katherine has exhibited in Belgium, Germany and London, the most recent being Rose House, Barnes.



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

ROSE HOUSE
Joint Show with Spike McClarity - Barnes SW13

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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