For artist Kathy Williams, the process of making has always been prioritised as most important, with the image as a secondary concern. Oil and paint on paper have been used deliberately to expose differing opacities. The process of mark making on paper using stained oil and paint separations is integral to the work, highlighting its own materiality as subject.
Kathy says ‘the effect oil has on paper is magical to me, as it reveals the memories of the creative process, the layers and history embedded within a drawing.’ Translucency is affected by the lighting of the paintings, which appear to fluctuate. At times the paper is translucent, at others, the weight of the paint seems heavier and describes the images differently. The very makeup and history of each picture can be seen, alluding to decisions, choices and the essence of each piece. The light boxes reveal more variances than those already provided by the changing natural daylight of the window.
Kathy Williams is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London where she received an MA in Painting. She has exhibited extensively in London and been involved with projects investigating the role of art in the community including the prestigious IKON gallery in Birmingham. She is a qualified teacher and is currently on study leave from undertaking an MA in Art and Education from UCL London. Her work is research based questioning the very fabric of painting, image making and potency of visual language.
ARCH Window gallery Aspire Ryde 35 High Street.
Viewing daily throughout lockdown and until 9 December.
Lightboxes feature on 3rd December, coinciding with late night shopping in Ryde.