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Kate Ellis

Having completed my degree at Kingston University (2016) and my PGCE at UCL/IoE (2017), I decided to complete my Masters in order to refocus on my practice and develop my work further. I have exhibited in several London exhibitions, including a group show at the Tate Modern Switch house, as part of the Tate exchange programme. My recent work explores the concept of hybridity and the relationship between painting and sculpture, producing pieces that sit somewhere between the two. My geometric compositions allow me to incorporate elements of physical and pictorial depth, creating shapes that appear to move in and out of the surface.


Instagram: @katelellisart


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Artist Statement

My practice documents my research into the parameters of paint through the use of painting, sculpture, textiles and digital art. This inquiry has led me to focus on the inherent qualities of painting and its relationship with sculpture. During my research I became particularly inspired by the french collective group ‘support/surface’ who explored the impact of material, scale and presentation on the perception of the work. They were interested in the flatness of the painting surface and explored multiple techniques to disrupt it.


The element of depth and three dimensionality became an important focus within my work, as I continued to question the definition of painting. I began to incorporate both physical and pictorial depth, whilst exploring the impact of presentation and perspective. My geometric pieces incorporate an element of three dimensionality through the application of colours and shapes to create the appearance of folds within the work. Through my use of colour, I was able to play with the illusion of depth, creating areas that appear to move in and out of the surface.


As a result of this research, I decided to move away from the traditional rectangular frame to incorporate exterior angles within the work. These pieces have been presented together to allow each shape to interact with one another through the use of similar angles, parallel lines and matching colour palettes. These developments have resulted in work that presents themselves as painted objects, existing as neither painting or sculpture but somewhere in between.

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