Kate McDonnell Somerset, United Kingdom
I create sculpture and art installations using ephemeral materials and using repetition. My practice is firmly rooted in process art and influenced by postminimalist artists such as Richard Serra and Eva Hesse. I was a Porthleven Prize and SANE Creative Award winner, and won the 2021 Gilbert Bayes Award. I am a 2021 ArtConnect Artist to Watch and was shortlisted for the New Emergence Art Prize.
Creepy, ominous, entangled clouds of energy form my three-dimensional objects and environments.
Ballpoint pen is used to redact till receipts and psychiatrist’s letters. Heaps of crushed tissue paper crawl up walls and over domestic objects. Clothes are tightly bound with string and thread. Black paper is twisted into tortured garlands. Angry words are disgorged and then scrubbed away.
In my practice, ephemeral matter is rendered worthless by overworking and near-destructive actions. It’s a cycle of redacting, tearing, twisting, crushing and erasing – purposeless and laborious activities – underpinned by regret, shame and wasted time.
Through my repetitive processes, paper and work-a-day materials start to become deceptive, looking like something other. I treat familiar things in unfamiliar ways. Paper looks like metal and tissue paper becomes like rock.
There’s a domesticity about the works. Clothes rails and household objects like pasting tables and chairs become supports or are swamped by black creeping clouds. Discarded clothing and studio detritus is gathered together in awkward accumulations.
My practice is firmly rooted in process art and influenced by postminimalist artists such as Richard Serra and Eva Hesse.