Lives and works in Sydney
15 August — 30 August 2023
The work of Kate Nielsen is primarily concerned with the relationships between form and pattern—her process involves delicately weaving everyday objects into a self-contained picture plane. They are works that are unambiguous, complete within themselves. The paintings speak of a harmonious calmness that draws the viewer into her constructed world. The flattening of pictorial space is mitigated with an intuitive understanding of perspective which acts to provide a sense of order and depth to the composition. Patterning drawn from tablecloths, woven rugs, and vibrant wallpaper interplays with varied traditional still-life subjects. Water jugs, flowers, and fruit all utilise the abstracted qualities of intense colour and form that provide a vibrancy far beyond their maker's intended everyday purpose.
In the presence of Nielsen’s work, one becomes aware of the emotional constraints and intensity of an incessantly connected world. Our busy lives are deconstructed with the glowing stimulus of information overload. The ultimate beauty of the work in the exhibition is to remind us that through an awareness of our immediate environment, there is always space for contemplation and meditation.