2011 - 2014 BA (hons) Fine Art Painting, Wimbledon College of Art, London
Katie's work explores the idea we have of a place - the way in which our perception of the world is shaped by our cultural exposure. Nowadays film, tv and the Internet provides access to anywhere - transporting us to places never visited, yet which seem familiar. Thus building up a false memory, a story.
What interests her most are places where built and natural meet. She's drawn to the form and colour you find within a manipulated landscape; where mountains and trees fall behind a tightly-cut lawn or a concrete space. A lush garden, interrupted by a brick wall or an empty pool. Where something is deliberately placed, cutting through a landscape.
Within her paintings, she plays on this relationship between the controlled and the natural environment. Finding there pattern and form - working in the margin between abstraction and representation. By removing any reference to a specific place or time within the paintings, Katie's creating a nowhere place. An idealised space that doesn't belong but exists, an uneasy kind of sanctuary.