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Kat Macleod

Reverist

18 September — 12 October 2019

A new collection of works by Kat Macleod, observing the human form in a state of reflection, contemplation and in search of space. Drawing on her favourite themes – the female figure and botanic shapes – Kat explores the process of being deep in thought and lost in space.

Artist Statement
My new collection of drawings began as a study of the human form in a state of contemplation. This ‘state of reverie’ became a very interesting theme to explore, as I am well known to daydream myself. Lucky for me I find this fanciful state of reflection is an important and inspiring part of my creative process. In an attempt to justify the amount of time spent gazing out the window into the garden, lost in thought, I have discovered that when I’m daydreaming, new ideas appear and develop. They thrive without the stifling restrictions, doubts and the mundane reality of planning and executing them in the real world.

While reverie in itself is an intriguing concept, I have found it equally as fascinating to observe the way the human body behaves in a state of deep-thought and contemplation. The unconcious way we use our hands and move our bodies, these gentle gestures play an important role in our thought processes, and are inspiring mannerisms to sketch – the touch of fingertips to the face, collarbone, or absent-minded tugging on a strand of hair. I have observed that when we are lost in thought, which is a seemingly still and private process, we often continue to interact with something very real – a cup, a leaf, a book. Our eyes also play an intriguing role. Where does our gaze fall when we are in a state of reverie?

Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote his (unfinished) book of essays, Reveries of a Solitary Walker, as he wandered around Paris gazing at plants and daydreaming. He observed that ‘the meditative spirit may always find in nature something responsive to its mood’1 and his dreamy walks sparked ‘brilliant ‘flights of thought’ on life and nature’.2 I feel connected to these sentiments, drawing great inspiration from my own walks in nature.

Inspired by the human form in a state of thought, I created the collection of large scale drawings on paper, using paint, pencil, hand stitching and glass beads. I am also releasing a new range of custom prints on linen, which are in very limited editions of 5 per print, with hand-finished details on each piece. I look forward to sharing this new collection of drawings and prints.

 

1Will Durant (1967). The Story of Civilization Volume 10: Rousseau and Revolution. Simon & Schuster. p. 886.
2 PD Smith (2011). Reveries of the Solitary Walker by Jean-Jacques Rousseau – review. The Guardian. <www.theguardian.com>

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