This collection – The Magic of Connection – shows the first time that I stepped off the canvas.
I had been making small sculptures and covering the walls and floors in my studio with different found and created objects for a while. So this time I re-created what was happening all over my studio within the gallery context.
I placed two long tables down the middle of the gallery – this became a platform for my funny combinations to sit on.
An old paint covered spoon sat next to a soap which sat next to a jar filled with liquid paint.
All of these seemingly disparate objects connected to each other in some way – be that through colour, texture or shape.
The Magic of Connection presented a way of seeing – the way in which I see the world as a set of relationships. These relationships mirrored the relationships that exist in painting.
I ‘worked’ the room in the same way that I would work a painting – creating moments of tension and interest, placing complimentary and jarring colours next to each other.
Considering the whole space as a painting and creating an intriguing environment for people to explore.
Katie Thornton is an artist currently working in London, UK. She completed her Masters in Fine Arts in 2007 through RMIT University, Melbourne and has exhibited her work in a number of individual and group exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
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