Medium: Watercolour on 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.
This work emerged in response to Covid- 19 and lockdown.
This is a wave based on the plotting of the Fibonacci Spiral. It also references Hokusai’s piece, The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
I am intrigued by the multiplicity of meanings that these little boat-shaped leaves can hold. Their individuality is visible but the image is hinged on pattern and its breakdown.
I’m interested in the transmission of ideas, the management of spread and the responses that brought us together.
I wanted to make a space for the contemporary reworking of myth, beliefs about disease and transmission, the challenges of change, and the controlled movement of people, goods, and ideas.
Covid 19 has changed everything - what a year 2020 has been so far! During lockdown the little fragmented leaves in this piece became all I wanted to work with. Virus, transmission, spread, movement and the stasis we all found ourselves in during lockdown has influenced my work greatly.