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.”