'Kate Wilson's drawings bear a resemblance to calligraphy both in appearance and intent. The sheer volume of small-scale drawings that she has produced over the years reflects an almost daily meditation of applying black ink to paper. Wilson then uses these drawings as preliminary studies for large-scale wall installations. Each drawing features shapes intended to be read as singular, self-contained forms. When reproduced in large scale, they appear like planetary bodies revolving around each other on white space. Just as calligraphy is both an art form and a language, Wilson's whirlwinds of brush strokes are what she refers to as a "lexicon of plausible catastrophic imagery: serious yet wry." derived from direct and indirect observation'
Sandra Firmin, Curator
University at Buffalo Art Gallery, Center for the Arts
Artist Bio / CV
Kate Wilson is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes site-responsive large-scale wall drawing installation projects and experimental animation. Wilson has exhibited nationally and internationally and is a recipient of awards from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts including the Canada Council Paris Studio.
Recent exhibitions include Beyond/ In Western New York 2007 organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA, Canadian Club, Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France, Real Estate Flowers at the Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia, Microbial Baroque, St. Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAFKA.09: Veracity, Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, Kitchener, Ontario, Collages in Motion and Artificial Dreams at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Botanical Model City at Museum London, London, Ontario, Curious Lights at the Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario,, The Afterlife of Buildings, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario, Cultural, Temporal and Imagined: Landscape in Recent Contemporary Acquisitions at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia and Ecotopia at the Kitchener/Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta and the Nickle Galleries, Calgary, Alberta. Ecotopia will travel to the Kenderdine Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2014.
Kate Wilson is represented by General Hardware Contemporary (Toronto)