Kate Lucy Cottam
My work is about colour and visual perception. I am investigating colour through the use of woven textiles and paper weaving, and aim to evoke a sensitive kind of seeing through this medium. I work towards an outcome that is ambiguous in nature; one that allows the viewer to negotiate and discover a personal happening on the visual senses. I use fine textile fibres and subtle weave structures that react to light changes and create atmospheric nuance. My woven pieces are developed from deconstructed magazine images which are then woven together, making two images one, the obvious ambiguous and meaning is in flux. I have been influenced and inspired by colour theorists such as Josef Albers, John Gage and Goethe, as well as by the writings of Rudolf Arnheim and Anne Marie Seward Barry on visual intelligence and communication. Jules Olitski, Helen Frankenthaler and other colour field and abstract expressionist artists have also influenced my work.