This is me! My name is Kate.
I'm a yoga teacher and artist.
All of my works are one-off, hand made originals.
In the case of my portraits, in a world where body positivity is a rarity, the intention is to serve as platform for self-acceptance and inspiration, not only for the people who are depicted, but also for those who are observing. The heavy paper and charcoal add a grainy aspect to the imagery that symbolises the dissonance of emotional upheaval, the earth and soil in some of the backgrounds representing our tenuous, delicate connection to nature.
My portraits serve as platform for acceptance and inspiration. Not only for the people who are drawn, but also for those who are observing.
My expansion series is a number of pieces exploring our connection to something greater than ourselves. It began as a comment on humanities collective view of ourselves but soon evolved into a personal reflection of my own 40 years on the planet.
After 40 years, I feel as though my life has entered into a new phase. I am reborn as mother and wife, artist and yoga student.
I wish to feel meaningful in some way and have searched for meaning through outlets that were not always healthy for mind, body or soul, only finding loneliness, addiction and bitterness.
With this series I use tactile materials such as earth, sand and soil in an attempt to show that we are made up of literal stardust. Every grain of sand on our beautiful planet uses the same elements that make our stars, galaxies and human bodies. We are as fundamentally connected to each other as we are to everything in our universe and therefore we are never truly alone.
By using the simplest of elements (earth, sand and soil) accompanied by one of the most valued (24 carat gold), I try to draw the conclusion that these elements, like humankind, are beautiful regardless of perceived value and that through connection and letting go we can come full circle and save ourselves from fear or regret.
Circles play a large role throughout this series as the symbol of forever. In the yogic traditions we do not die, we simply leave our bodies behind. Our consciousness persists throughout time and space and is not constricted by the laws of physics.
This series is my love note to our ever expanding universe, myself and humanity.
Using my extensive experience of over 12 years in teaching and practicing yoga, I attempt to show the way in which we can begin to release old/negative patterns and to perceive and understand the universe in a different way through connection, movement and stillness..
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