An Immersive Environment
Kate Robotham’s paintings explore the beauty of nature.
A Kate Robotham painting can be described as, vivid, colourful and reflective. Through the materiality of paint she presents a deep, dream-like, unknown environment full of wonder and curiosity.
“In my paintings, I intend to convey to the viewer a vision of my personal perspective and experiences of nature” she says. “I aim to capture a sense of the magical and mysterious”.
With an obvious understanding of colour and how it affects our perception, she creates paintings with visual depth that invite you to move swim through.
Each image she has created expresses a subjective approach to the world around her and an inquisitiveness about her environment. An infectious innocence can be found in the paintings, as if every encounter is new and vibrant.
As a viewer, you feel drenched in what she depicts. “Especially evident in my larger pieces, I seek to immerse the viewer in a personal encounter which speaks of both paint and nature”
Paint itself plays a huge part in the story. “The materiality and gesture of paint enables a fusion of the representational and the imagined, exploring the creation of a personalised landscape”.
“One of my favourite pieces in Autumn Leaves, because it marks a real turn in my progress as a painter” she says. “This painting was a struggle, but through it I really learned to love the materiality of paint. I learned to get lost in colour and mark-making, taking an experimental, more intuitive approach to painting.”
The past six months have been busy for Kate. “I have finished my degree in Fine Art and graduated from Loughborough University, I have had paintings in five different shows over the summer months – in Loughborough, London, Nottingham and Derbyshire”.
Alongside her creative practice she spent her summer using her skills to teach art at The Arts Academy summer camp in Leicester and has now settled into part time work as Student Worker at Open Heaven Church, Loughborough.
The next few months holds some exciting possibilities for her work as an artist. “I am looking forward to getting stuck into a fresh series of paintings in my new studio, but will also continue to develop my online presence” she says. “I am especially excited to be exhibiting my paintings as part of a group show at the Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, China in December.”
“Time and money is always a problem after graduating – you usually either have one or the other. Being able to support yourself whilst also really going for it in your career as an artist can be really tough” she says. “Progress is slow, but the main thing is to keep your practise going.”
Image 1: Light Breaks, 2013
Image 2: Autumn Leaves, 2013
Written by Kathryn Worthington