Medium: Charcoal ( Rimu and Totara) on European cotton rag paper.
Kate Buckley is interested in projects which link art, people, and place.
Now living in New Zealand, she is originally from Ireland.
Kate exhibits regularly and has spent time as Artist in Residence at the National Folk Theatre of Ireland (Siamsa Tíre), with ArtsLab Theatre company at Trinity College Dublin and at the Stamsund International Theatre Festival (Norway). She has work in the collections of the Irish president, Guinness (Ireland ) Ltd, the Wallace Collection (NZ) and many of the Irish Regional Councils’ art collections.
During 2020 she has exhibited in a three-person show at the Left Bank Gallery, was selected for Shared Lines: Pūtahitanga, now on exhibit at Cathedral Square, Christchurch and is part of the currently touring Artists’ Book Exhibition selected by Paul Thompson for PCANZ.
These drawings focus on the roots of the trees that grow close to our home in Hokitika. Cleared during the fierce search for gold of the 1860s, the land is now blanketed with native bush.
Regrowth is interesting. The trees are all the same age- spindly 140-year-old rimus push upwards for light. Rata vines and supplejack curl around whatever is available.
Gold mining has made the earth here full of shafts, unseen holes, and danger. Tree roots curl around mine entrances and vents. I like these edge places, these old access tunnels to gold. I like the way nature is slowly retaking this place.
Covid has changed everything about our world- I see its affects in my work and in the world around me.