Kate Tucker CuttingsOpening: Wednesday 2 August, 6-8pm Dates: 2 August - 26 August 2017
When propagating from cuttings, a section of the plant is detached from the system which supports it. Stuck into new soil, we ask it to build itself a new system of support,to grow backwards.
These paintings accumulated from scraps, off cuts and failed paintings. They formed through attempts to let new things grow from studio fallout which had become invisible to me. I used materials as negative space, focusing on detaching them from their previous context rather than constructing an image.
In my recent paintings, materials borrow characteristics from one another and are gradually built up into slabs. The result is a compression of materials, where traits are swapped and shared, and the painting is located through rather than on the surface.
In Cuttings, initial layers are left close to the surface and solid bases carry the paintings. The plaited frames serve as reminders of edges, undersides and hidden views. These pictures don’t float, but lean heavily into their supports as though the various acts embedded within the painting now manifest in physical weight. Materials, actions and objects are used as though interchangeable, in an attempt to coax new versions of each to grow backwards from the others.
Kate Tucker received a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2009. She has held recent solo exhibitions at Galerie Pompom, Daine Singer and Chapter House Lane. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Sutton Projects, LON Gallery; SPRING 1883 with Dutton Gallery; Tristian Koenig; Caves and Linden New Art. She was a finalist in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Albany Art Prize; Bayside Acquisitive Art prize and The Churchie Emerging Art Prize. Kate is represented by Daine Singer.
Documentation by Christo Crocker.