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Kate McClenaghen

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I grew up in a small post industrial, working class town called Wrexham in North Wales before moving to London to pursue being an artist.
My work explores the nonlinear nature of how we absorb the experience of place, and how this might present itself through the process of painting. The urban landscape forms a physical and psychological space that I navigate through the action of painting, focusing on the inanimate, derelict, unnoticed and the not yet fully formed within the city. I am currently using the ‘found paintings’ I find on walls and in public spaces within South East London, extracting their layers of pattern, text, textures and gestural qualities to inform my own paintings.
I am concerned with the idea of the transitional surface. The material and ethnographic traces of where people have been, trying to parallel this in the changing surface of a painting.

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