Kate Barry

Apparition, 2021

120 × 90 cm
My paintings are a physical demonstration of my imagination, memories, conversations and response to natural elements of nature. My lyrical abstraction is driven by instinctive and emotional responses to landscape and the energy of human interconnection. Sources of inspiration are processed with qualities of mystery, sensuousness and nostalgic glimpses of memory in an intuitive, spontaneous application of paint. Works explore feelings of space, manipulation and the chance of built-up layers finding a voice on the canvas. Compositions arise from balancing opposing angles and strokes with the vitality of colour and texture. As defiant marks wander the canvas, layers build and textures emerge and animate the painted surface.
Losing myself in a subtropical environment through my ritualistic running practice, my experiences are transformed and shared with viewers via distinct gestural mark making, and visual language hooks. By immersing the viewer in the rich and fecund terrain of my paintings, a synchronicity between nature and organic movement encourages a connection and almost primitive emotional reaction to my art.
Painting pulls me between reality and the subconscious, as I get lost in the series of painted marks chartering a rough course across the canvas. Visual passages travelled and traces of snatched emotional responses are left upon the surface.
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