my artist profile
So we were encouraged to write a profile sort of explaining ourselves and our work during the L’Atelier workshop. It always seems so pretentious to write about oneself in the third person, but isn’t it always uncomfortable to write about oneself?
This is what I came up with:
"Kathleen Sawyer attempts to marry the beautiful and the grotesque in finely-detailed drawings rendered in ballpoint pen. Her interests lie mainly in portraiture and the body, mutation, fairytales, and horrible death. Adrift in negative space, each sensitively-observed drawing appears ephemeral; the figures seeming introspective and lost. Most individual pieces possess a kind of static poise which cements each character in an almost sculptural stasis, trapping subjects in the picture plane and reflecting the artist’s interest in emotional isolation.
Other pieces are realised in the form of book arts; in which drawings and cut-outs come together in a narrative format that unfolds as they are ‘read.’ Such works require the viewer to actively explore each piece page by page, creating an immersive experience that allows each viewer to choose how much or how little they wish to discover about the artwork. This enables a more intimate relation between artwork and audience; yet this engagement is subjective in itself as each book is best engaged with on a private level.
By making the enclosed nature of personal experience transparent in her drawings, Sawyer encourages the interrogation of the subjectivity which simultaneously unites and isolates us all.”
PRINTS FOR SALE
A few people have been asking whether they can buy some of my art. While I do sell prints and happen to have a few in stock, I cannot at this time sell any of my book arts. The entirety of the Somata collection was bought by a private collector of book arts at the L’Atelier exhibition, so I no longer have access to those works. My wolfy book is also going to be used as part of my Masters next year and thus is not currently for sale.
HOWEVER I do have copies of single artworks available.
Excision, A4. 250 ZAR
Old Lady, A4. 250 ZAR
Selfzilla, A4. 250 ZAR.
The Company of Wolves, A4 (somehow I haven’t uploaded this to tumblr..?). 250 ZAR
used to be one of the rotten ones, A3. 450 ZAR. The dividing line in the middle has been edited out of the prints.
The Surgical Saints series, A6 (postcard size). 100 ZAR each.
If anyone is interested, please email me at artbykatsaw [at] outlook [dot] com. I do not have PayPal as it requires some special arrangement in South Africa that is costly/inconvenient, so please contact me and we can liaise with regards to account details.