Kate Walters Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom
Kate studied Fine Art in London, Brighton and Falmouth; currently based at Trewarveneth Studios in Newlyn, Cornwall. From 2000- 2007 Kate trained in classical shamanism, learning about First Nations’ people’s relationships with Nature, totems and invisible worlds. She learned to work ceremonially and with intense attention. Juried shows include Jerwood Drawing, Discerning Eye, RWA
Painting is a physical and decisive act: a mark initiating a world, forcing a form into existence, drawing ephemeral fragments from the imagination into physical being. Paint builds – it structures and shapes, leaving a pigment deposit on paper and canvas; allowing formless things to become concrete, drawing the invisible into perceivable being. But this is not what we encounter in Kate Walters’ Shetland watercolours.
These are not paintings that build form, but vehicles through which we are pulled into formlessness; encounters with the ephemeral rather than the physical, a breath of pigment deposited onto paper that suggests figures and forms without defining their solid presence. Figures float into being, still tethered into the void, their weightless form a hesitant proposition.
The origin of these tentative creatures was a dream granted to Walters when she was recently staying on Shetland; a vision of her foetal form cast adrift in a disembodied uterus, its unbounded body free of physical constraints, floating in interconnected communion with the universe. It is perhaps unsurprising that such a dream should have come on Shetland, a thin space where physical boundaries are dissolved in the constant ebb and flow that blends sea and shore in a swirling, unresolved flux.
As she watched seals blur the line between sea and air and terns draw soaring patterns in the air before plunging into crystalline waters, Walters herself became a shamanic hollow bone, a conduit between the physical and immaterial realms. In her sketches she is seal, fulmar, tern and foetus, a boundary crosser, diving into a cosmic space before birth and after death where everything is held in unresolved, undifferentiated potential. Rev'd Dr Richard Davey
Interbeing :Plants and Animals. A shamanic approach to art and creativity.
School of Art and Wellbeing | Workshop | 24/07/2020 to 27/07/2020
On this course we will work outside and in the studios in this beautiful haven in Devon. We will spend time listening to the plants, trees, and all the creatures who make this place their home. We'll consider 'interbeing' and tune in with words, song, drawing, paint and possibly print. The way you respond will be open and flexible. Full introduction to shamanic journeying will be given.
The School of Art and Wellbeing in Devon | Workshop | 01/09/2020 to 03/09/2020
An experimental drawing workshop working from various sources and stimuli, including music and poetry. 1st - 3rd September 2020.