'A Touching Distance'
I am making available works from the series 'A Touching Distance' , exclusive to the Christmas edition of Art Car Boot Fair.
About the work:
Around 2012 I was invited to look over a deceased artist’s supplies, and check if there was anything that could still be of use to others. I was lucky enough to be gifted a few incredibly precious items.
Amongst the supplies, I came across a small flat box that once contained ladies surgical stockings. I could see from the outside that something fine and glistening sighed from within. As I tentatively opened the lid, a diamond dust like substance gently enveloped aged paper sachets containing bronze, copper, silver and gold pigments, as well as, a beautiful corked bottle containing the sediment remains of a thick golden liquid. It felt like I had been gifted something magic, and therefore something to honour and care for.
Last year I made a watercolour pan from the silver diamond dust, it was not until this year that I was compelled to work with it.
Presented here, is a visual vignette of two artists (unknown to each other) drawn to and working with Diamond Dust. I don’t know how she used it but I like to think she is with me upon that pulped paper sheet. The Diamond Dust and indigo watercolour a fitting symbol of the inheritance of craft and tradition.
This magical substance a vehicle to speak with our ancestors and uphold a tradition and way of making.
Kate Knight graduated with an MA (distinction) fine art from City and Guilds of London Art School in 2021, as well as, being awarded the Eversheds Painting Prize upon the BA (Hons) from Chelsea School of Art and Design in 2005. She currently lives and works in Folkestone, Kent.
Most notably her work was selected for Artist of the Day, at Flowers Central, Cork Street, London, as well as, selected the runner up for the Marmite Prize for Painting 2010. She was selected by Rebecca Wilson for the ‘Burning Bright’ Emerging Artists from Saatchi Online, 2012, Hyatt, London. Recently Knight was selected for The ING Discerning Eye 2020 and Delta Gamma @ Saatchi curated by Zavier Ellis for The Contemporary Art Academy 2022.