Katie Beth Avey
Informed by a collective of memories from one family home, my practice is an exploration of how I can translate specific personal moments through the process of painting.
“Memories of pleasure, pain, sadness and joy, are the common thread that unites all human beings. Memories are our existence, and art is their system of replication.” (Farr 2012)
A chosen memory is always the stimulus. Developing shapes and forms from initial drawings, Katie Beth AVey's paintings reflect the sensations felt while unpacking the memory, through a specific texture, a precise colour or a particular noise. The drawings vary from memory to memory; sometimes they require a different type of mark or restraint for me to develop the outcome. Shape is an extremely important element in her work.
Katie Beth Avey believes that developing specific shapes, relating to individual objects and spaces (which are often suppressed beneath layers in the painting) harmonises with the mysterious workings of our minds.