Approved: 19.04.2012

Kate Livingstone

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Approved: 19.04.2012

A focus on the physicality of materials and processes involved in painting, has led to a concern with how a worked-upon object can become elevated above the level of pure aesthetics, giving it the ability to instill feelings of spiritual reverence. Through repetitive, process driven embellishments and referencing the visual facets of icons, shrines and votive objects, I build up many layers of pattern

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
 

Biography

A focus on the physicality of materials and processes involved in painting, has led to a concern with how a worked-upon object can become elevated above the level of pure aesthetics, giving it the ability to instill feelings of spiritual reverence. Through repetitive, process driven embellishments and referencing the visual facets of icons, shrines and votive objects, I build up many layers of pattern and surface in order to capture a luminous intensity and intricacy, suggesting the abstractly transcendental. Observation of pattern and structure found in nature is crucial to my practice. I believe that there is an intrinsic beauty to be found within the construction of living organisms and that by abstracting shapes and forms born of natural processes, a harmony and balance is created within my paintings. The work continually references the spiritual qualities of the natural world and its ability to inspire awe. A repetitious, time-consuming and almost ritualistic approach to painting, contributes an element of performance to my practice. Developed systems of process and a contrasting of modern industrial with delicate and precious materials, or found objects, creates a tension in my work between the pristine and the aged or scarred.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2011 - BA (Hons) Painting - First Class, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Solo exhibitions 2013 - Reef, Anthropologie - George Street, Edinburgh 2013 - The Uneasiness of Graceful Movement , St Andrew’s and St Georges West Church, George Street, Edinburgh 2011 - Kate Livingstone: An Exhibition of Paintings, St Andrews and St Georges West Church, George Street, Edinburgh 2010 - Reliques, Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Durham University, Durham Group exhibitions 2013 - By the Way They Hang and Turn, The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh 2012 - Another Time Another Place, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh 2012 - Houses - Edinburgh Art Festival, The Old Ambulance Depot , Edinburgh 2012 - The Black Cube Collective Launch, The Arts Complex and Old St Pauls Church, Edinburgh 2011 - Beyond the Frame, The Park Gallery, Calendar House, Falkirk 2011 - Bi Degrees: ECA Degree Show Preview, The Arts Complex, Edinburgh 2011 - Vortex Wall, The Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh Degree shows 2011 - Edinburgh College of Art Degree show 2011, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Curated projects 2013 - By the Way They Hang and Turn, The Old Ambulance Depot , Edinburgh Residencies 2013 - Reef, Anthropologie - George Street, Edinburgh