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Kate Smith
updated: 03/21/2012
website: kate-smith.co.uk
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Making Contact #1
grasp
Scribble 1
pinch 2
pinch 2 (detail)
squeeze
squeeze (detail)
tickle
twist
spin
spin (detail)
Drawing residue 1
Drawing residue 2
Untitled 1
Untitled 2
 
Portfolio Keywords:  identity, gestural, obsessive, process, repetition
 
 
Making Contact #1 by Kate Smith
Making Contact #1
digital pen and tablet
2012
9.5 " x  9.5 " 
grasp by Kate Smith
grasp
Digital pen on 54 x 41 inch digital 'paper'
2010
54" x  41" 
Scribble 1 by Kate Smith
Scribble 1
Ballpoint pen on paper
2010
54" x  41" 
pinch 2 by Kate Smith
pinch 2
pencil on paper
2006
54" x  41" 
pinch 2 (detail) by Kate Smith
pinch 2 (detail)
pencil on paper
2006
0" x  0" 
squeeze by Kate Smith
squeeze
pencil on paper
2006
54" x  41" 
squeeze (detail) by Kate Smith
squeeze (detail)
pencil on paper
2006
0" x  0" 
tickle by Kate Smith
tickle
pencil on paper
2007
54" x  41" 
twist by Kate Smith
twist
pencil on paper
2007
54" x  41" 
spin by Kate Smith
spin
wax and pencil on paper
2007
54" x  41" 
spin (detail) by Kate Smith
spin (detail)
wax and pencil on paper
2007
54" x  41" 
Drawing residue 1 by Kate Smith
Drawing residue 1
graphite on hand-made paper
2006
6" x  6" 
Drawing residue 2 by Kate Smith
Drawing residue 2
pencil on various papers
ongoing
Dimensions variable
Untitled 1 by Kate Smith
Untitled 1
ballpoint on canvas
2005
48" x  36" 
Untitled 2 by Kate Smith
Untitled 2
Hand cut draft film
2005
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

My work is primarily concerned with drawing - from traditional pencil on paper to drawing with thread and light - and how seriality, repetition and variation play a part in my working practice. I am interested in drawing within a contemporary context - not as sketching of an idea or representation of an object but rather an investigation into surface/ space, outline/ edge and mark/imprint.  Much of my work is made using very fragile materials such as tracing paper and tissue paper but I also use more durable materials such as perspex, polythene and fabric. Using transparent and translucent materials, space and surface move between visible and invisible as changing natural and artificial light affects the experience of the encounter.
Recent work has involved considering drawing as a form of contact - investigating the relationship between gesture/ mark/ echo and looking at the marks and residues left by a touch or gesture. I am particularly interested in ongoing connections made within and between works through installation, reflecting the changing thought process of creating work over a period of time - and how encounter of work through exhibition or installation reflects the circular nature of contact between artist, audience and work. 
Work ranges from large, meticulously rendered drawings to collections of accidental, intentional and found marks. 

 

Artist Bio / CV

RECENT SOLO SHOWS

Touch & Trace, Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Mark & Movement, Gallery Deda, Derby

Remake, Reveal, The Crompton 

RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Drawing Connections, Arts Institute, Sienna, Italy

Contemporary Drawing, The Bohemia Space, Liverpool

OPEM, The Collection, Lincoln 

Scribble and Scrawl !, The Crompton, Derby

Art Matters, LCB Depot, Leicester 

Movement, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

Spring Selection Show, The Drawing Center, New York, USA

National Drawing In-Print Exhibition, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Ohio, USA

The Postcard Show, Green Door Gallery, Derby

Top Draw, Ropewalk Gallery, North Lincolnshire

Magnitude Seven, Manifest Gallery, Ohio, USA

Temporary, The Upper Gallery, Cambridge

Freehand, The Pied House, Slough

3D/ Installation Open, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

IN-PRINT, Carlisle Institute of Arts, Cumbria and The Bookcase Gallery, Carlisle

Derby City Open, Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Midlands Open, Harborne Gallery, Birmingham

Café Gallery Open, Bermondsey, London

Nottingham Annual Open 2002, Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham

Prints, Britannia Mill, University of Derby

Nottingham Annual Open 2001, Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham

Breaking Barriers, Usher Gallery, Lincoln

Boundaries, Assembly Rooms, Derby

Beer Mats, Tate Britain, London

Connect, City Gallery, Leicester

Beer Mat Art, The Crompton, Derby

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Manifest NDA 2006, Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Ohio, USA

Printmaking Today, Spring 2003, p. 29 Material benefits

AN Magazine, June 2001, p. 23 Art Mats

Printmaking Today, Spring 2001, p.7 Soak up the Art

Art Quarterly, Autumn 2000, p.13 Beer Mat Art in Derby

AN Magazine, September 2000, p.5 Beer Mat Art

Papermaking Techniques, John Plowman, Quarto Press 2000 (contributor)

 

RESIDENCIES

Artist in Residence, School of Education, University of Nottingham

AA2AC, University of Derby

Artist in Residence, Mackworth College, Derby

Artist in Residence, Milton Keynes Arts Trust, Milton Keynes

 

EDUCATION

2002 – 2004 M.A. Printmaking (distinction), University College Northampton

1979 - 1982 B.A.(Hons): Fine Art (Painting), Demontfort University, Leicester