This work is derived from my interest in painting processes, abstraction, and systems— both complex and simple. Within the work, regimented grids intertwine with irregular and unpredictable processes, and by combining them, the work suggests a space where mathematics and chance exist simultaneously. The combination of intuitive and methodical layers reveals a multi-dimensional space inspired by physics and mathematics. The gradated shapes that spatially shift from positive and negative can seem expansive yet shallow. This contradiction relates to my study of hyperbolic geometry and reflects my interest in the relationship between a theoretical description of space versus the physical perception of it. Ultimately, the work presents the discrepancy between a complex unpredictable form and an ideal simplification of that form, while unifying these contrasting elements.
Kate Colin is an artist currently working in Denton, TX. Her studio practice consists of 2D work that interprets expansive hypothetical spaces, inspired by mathematical theories, physical infrastructure, and nature. Within her work, she attempts to combine oppositional elements and approaches to image making. In a single work, she may reference painterly abstraction, geometric hard-edge abstraction, still life drawing, 3D rendering, Photoshop gradients, highways or her body. Colin's work is rooted in process, both unpredictable and systematic, and the different techniques side by side create ambiguous space. Within current work built up oil paint exists alongside areas of raw stained canvas or graphite drawing. This method allows the viewer to see the various stages of the drawing and painting while creating dynamic interplay of figure and ground.
She earned her MFA from University of Dallas and obtained her BFA from University of North Texas. She is currently a Lecturer in the Core Drawing program at UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design. From 2014-2016, she was a 500X Gallery member, where she exhibited work. Colin was a 2012 recipient of the Kimbrough Fund awarded by the Dallas Museum of Art.