Photo: Kathleen Fox in Hastings, South East

Kathleen Fox

Film-maker, Arts development worker, Researcher

Concept Working with texture or found objects as a means to bypass rational thought and attempt to enter the fluid realm of the unconscious, I employ an initial period of automatism when all is in a state of chaos and flux. I view making each work as an adventure, a journey into the imagination and a subsequent development of a personal mythology. The intention behind the images that emerge is often ambiguous, there is a sense of mystery, of shifting and layered meaning. I'm concerned with making visible that elusive and powerful other that lies beneath the skin of reality. Accident plays a large part in the work, as do dreams, memory and black humour. The thrill of the unpredictable is the matrix of the journey. Influences: Ambiguity, surreal, fantasy, female, Africa, black humour, dreams, mythology, death, the unconscious, alchemy, primitive, erotic, conflict, subtle. Career path: 2010 Residency and exhibition at the Freud Museum, London, linking Freud, Surrealism and my investigations into the unconscious. Supporting conference. Film premiere Surviving Life director Jan Svankmajer. 2009 Residency and exhibition Hearts & Bones at The School Creative Centre, Rye, to explore automatism 2005 & 2008 Exhibitions at West Dean funded by AHRC Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacies 2001 Selected and funded by KCC Arts & Libraries to take part in Animation & Video Workshop 2000 Selected for Valley of Vision commission to make new work in connection with Samuel Palmer & the Ancients. Funded by KCC Arts & Libraries 1999 Selected by SE Arts to have work on AXIS National Database 1998 Cross-Regional Grant to support two exhibitions in Prague Vnitrni Kontinent/Inside Continent, (solo) and Svatokradez/Sacrilege (group) funded by South East Arts 4 yr Foundation and Fine Art Diploma at Natal College, Durban South Africa. Further 2 years private studies with Michael Pettit, South Africa 3 yr BA English at Natal University

Location Hastings, South East
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Participatory projects, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Film & Video, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting
Tags play, chance, humour, dream, the unconscious, mythology, prehistory, surrealism, narrative, 2D & 3D

News & Events

  • Every Drawing Tells A Story

    14/10/2015 – 14/11/2016
    Sevenoaks, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks Kent TN13 1LQ

    Group exhibition to support the national campaign for drawing, The Big Draw. Curated by Franny Swann, Ros Barker and Sue Evans.

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  • Bringing into Being

    Murmurations Gallery, Parkhurst Road, Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex TN40 1DE

    Group opening exhibition for new Murmurations Gallery in Bexhill on Sea, curated by Sally Meakins.

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