Kington, Herefordshire, United Kingdom
About Kate Milsom
My work is rooted in the past, quite obviously - not simply because it uses the imagery of the past but also by using the same techniques and chemical processes. Having worked in restoration for many years I have developed an abhorance of acrylic anything - I understand and respect materials - pigments, binders and construction that is meant to outlive itâ€™s maker. I have long since stopped worrying that this may be an unfashionable point of view, for me it is about the quality of the colour and richness and depth of pigment.
I lived in Venice for 4 months in 2006, and what began there as a series of small, intricate, mixed-media pieces, roughly postcard-sized (an appropriate response to living in a city that survives largely on tourism) developed into a journal of sorts. The imagery used was the ephemera of the city, the endless â€˜floor paperâ€™ of thrown away maps and museum guides. The usage was to illustrate a fragmented existence of displacement and loss of verbal language.
Since this time the work has become larger but the practice of using â€˜scrapsâ€™ of the past to comment on my own experience, and also the unchanging nature of human interaction and unspoken communication, has remained. Also prevalent, a hang-over from my days painstakingly drawing carpet designs for English Heritage projects, is an absorption in the opulence of pattern and a fascination for the symbolic references attributed to particualr objects, which I combine to create these "intricate scenes of social malfunction".
2013 Cork Street Open, London
2012 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2012 Lion Street Gallery, Hay on Wye
2011 – 2012 Jane Fuest Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire
2011 Lion Street Gallery, Hay on Wye
2010 – 2011 Brook Street Gallery, Hay on Wye
2010 Lion Street Gallery, Hay on Wye
2010 21st Annual Welsh Contemporaries, Oriel, Powys
2010 Ludlow Summer Exhibition, Shropshire
2010 Group 23.5°, The Globe, Ludlow
2009 The Globe, Hay on Wye Literary Festival
2008 Presteigne Annual Art Show, Powys
2008 Kilvert Gallery, Clyro, nr. Hay on Wye
2007 Galanthus Gallery, Herefordshire
2006 Homes & Gardens, Olympia London
2006 Kilvert Gallery, Clyro, nr. Hay on Wye
2006 World’s End Gallery, Chelsea London