10 – 21 March 2021
Opening Night & Online Viewing Room: Wednesday 10th March
Meet the Artist: Saturday 13th March, 11am – 4pm
Catalogue & Price List: Coming soon, please contact us to preview
Kate Florence has a background in Fine Art and textile and she thrives on her signature line drawing style, initiated from free machine embroidery from her school days. Embroidery allows her to incorporate textures and pattern into her works, creating visual and sensory artworks and has been a part of Kates practice ever since.
“I was immediately mesmerised with how you could freely create anything through stitch, you don’t have any time to think about what you are drawing, you just do it”, says Kate.
This body of work is a lively exploration reminiscent of post modern expressionism and Matissian composition. Stills that are encompassing layers of form, snippets of a story, with no beginning and no end, moments of play and energy between humans, moments of joy, moments of tenderness. Exploring soft, large areas of colour, layer over layer of paint, each one a building block in time, capturing a moment, before moving, evolving into something new.
Kate combines colour with line work, in an intuitive process, creating conversation through colour and form, her expressiveness is revealed through fluid application of paint, her focus tuned into the emotive response of colour, and the patterns created through her many layers of working.
The viewer will witness the playful experimentation of styles that Kate works in, conversations between the two and three dimensional, her drawings come to life through some collaborative pieces created with Melbourne ceramicist, Bridged Sundborn. This series is a celebration of the beauty of figurative and human life, a marriage of the classical and abstract.
I see you through coloured sheets,
through soft and light,
where silence sleeps to hear the whispers of the ground,
where words and darkness cannot be found.
for colours hold the key,
to where the sounds may be,
let your body melt away, there we will meet again one day.
About Kate Florence
Kate, originally from the UK, studied a BA in Fine art at Winchester school of art, specialising in sculpture and installation. During this` time she spent one year studying in Milan, learning traditional painting skills and contemporary video art, graduating in 2015.
Kate moved to Melbourne in January 2018 to pursue her dream of being an artist, she has since exhibited in Several shows in Melbourne, as well as curating her first group show “Seedbed of Self-Discovery” at MARFA gallery in December 2019. Kate now spends the majority of her days working from her Brunswick Studio.