I am a "Scatterling of Africa”. Forever inspired by my birthplace South Africa, I have found 'home' in many places on five different continents. After many years in Australia, I am for now living with my family in Hong Kong.
I paint with watercolour on a unique imported clay surface which allows the pigments to retain their purity and vibrancy. The technique I have developed builds up the colour on the boards, creating patterns of fading and darkening, evocative of the thin patina layer which develops over time on woods and metals. Like a patina, my technique creates subtle colour changes and patterns, adding character. The final art is hung without glass.
I paint in this way with watercolour because it celebrates so much of what I value about life: the new and the old and the perfectly imperfect. A celebration of simplicity. Of unpredictability and the invitation to serendipity. As I explore these themes, my works move between abstraction and figuration. My obsession lies in the process of wrestling with pigment and water, of manipulating it within the confines of the edge of the painting, until it looks beautiful to me.
2018 KATIE GRAHAM