Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Virtual Archive: Katie Pratt

From Absorb to Zoom: An Alphabet of Actions in the Women's Art Library, my site-specific installation of digital prints with content derived from the Women's Art Library, will be on view at Goldsmiths College in March 2015.

In  tandem with the project, I am inviting selected artists with documentation in the WAL archive to send me images of recent work to feature on this project blog. 

Katie Pratt makes abstract tactile oil paintings that navigate the space between accident and intent.  

Aztral, Oil on canvas, 90 x 60 cm, 2014

Pratt describes her work this way:

I make paintings that start with casual gesture or spilling paint on canvas. The initial action marks friction between intention and chance. I examine and contemplate the patterns and trends in the splashes and organize them using systems and categorization. Protocol is devised upfront and procedure is applied objectively to all incidences - whether trace or obvious - within my own invented legislation. However there is slippage between theory and interpretation, and so the systems evolve in complexity or degenerate as they are implemented. 

Bluixcity, Oil on canvas, 170 x 150 cm,  2013

Heonmemeron, Oil on canvas,  30 x 35 cm, 2014

The work alludes to chaos theory as well as structural evolution, say, a river's tributaries, social networks or urban sprawl.

Lacenet, Oil on canvas, 90 x 60 cm, 2014

Kupfercoombe, Oil on canvas, 90 x 60 cm, 2014

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