ARTIST INTERVIEW: KATE DORROUGH
Artist interview: Kate Dorrough - Art Collector
|6 November 2012|
|Ceramicist and painter Kate Dorrough pauses before her upcoming Sydney solo exhibition to talk with Australian Art Collector about the idea of landscape and her development of a unique visual language. |
|Kate Dorrough, The Inland River, detail. Acrylic on linen, 168 x 152cm. Courtesy: the artist and Art House Gallery, Sydney|
|What is the appeal of working in both ceramics and painting? Do you have a preferred medium of the two?|
|For me, the appeal of working in both mediums simultaneously is the dialogue that evolves between them. |
With ceramics, I enjoy the process of making the ceramic form using the materials of the earth. I also love the challenge of putting an image on the three-dimensional surface, a different surface and quality to canvas.
They very often inform each other: motifs that appear on the ceramics might well be re-inscribed on the paintings and vice-versa. I have no favourites – both mediums appeal to me equally.
|Previous bodies of work have had a figurative, abstract style. How have your current landscape works evolved from this?|
|This show is not a departure so much as it is a continuing conversation, developing on from my last couple of shows. In my work there has been a gradual abstraction over the last few years and this approach seems to mesh well with my subject matter. |
In years gone by I would explore a new subject matter with each new show. Now, what’s really exciting for me – and represents a real development for me as an artist – is that I have moved towards a subject matter which really resonates with me poetically and philosophically, and I feel that the subject has great potential for further examination with layers of meaning.
|Above right: Kate Dorrough, Undercurrent. Stoneware ceramic with glaze, 41 x 55 x 28cm. Courtesy: the artist and Art House Gallery, Sydney|
|How have your residencies in regional Australia influenced your practice?|
|They have influenced me enormously. It’s an opportunity to be in that environment for a meaningful amount of time. It has a sense of the other.|
|Have any specific places inspired this body of work? What was so compelling about them?|
|The landscapes in my paintings are non-specific and are more about the ideas then the place. That said, my time spent at The Art Vault, Mildura, and observing the semi-arid landscape and the pivotal importance of the Murray River, has stayed with me.|
|You are currently based in Sydney. How has urban living influenced your relationship to the natural environment?|
|I live in Sydney’s inner-west (Marrickville) but have the fortunate experience of the remnants of the natural environment being on my doorstep when I walk along the Cook’s River most mornings. Inadvertently I have found the subject of The River has evolved in this new body of work.|
|Above: Kate Dorrough, River Bank. Stoneware ceramic with glaze, 36 x 53 x 31cm. Courtesy: the artist and Art House Gallery, Sydney|
|You have travelled extensively during your years of professional art practice, and have noted what inspiring and enriching experiences they have been. Do you have any future travelling plans?|
|Travel, through direct experience, makes the work more honest. I’m always open to travelling. I will be heading to a new part of Australia soon in preparation for my 2013 show in Melbourne. And in the future, I’d love to have a show at a regional gallery.|
|What kind of collectors do you think are drawn to your work?|
|Just as my own body of work has evolved and expanded, I would like to think that collectors of my work do as well. I think the collectors of my current show will be people who are interested in contemporary expressions of a time-honoured landscape tradition.|
|Kate Dorrough, Reflections on the River. Acrylic on linen, 210 x 168cm. Courtesy: the artist and Art House Gallery, Sydney|
|Which of your bodies of work to date has given you the most personal satisfaction?|
|They have all given me great satisfaction at the time. My work is a journey I am on, and a progression, in which I am developing my own language.|
Kate Dorrough's exhibitionThe Enduring Landscape and the Inland River opens Wednesday 7 November at Art House Gallery in Sydney and continues until 24 November 2012.