Slowly I find my way in is both the title of these charcoal drawings and the process used in discovering the spaces they feature. In Venice, over 1 month, I explored and searched for the quiet everyday places. Where I often found undulating marble floors, as if the sea had set solid, a find that became the works focus.
The drawings were shown alongside paintings by Daivd Ainley at The Collection Lincoln. A review in A-N said: In the Courtyard Gallery David Ainley and Kate Genever share differing perspectives on depicting the landscape. I have long respected the considered translation of subject into weighty emblematic form which forms the trademark of Ainley’s paintings. His deliberate and measured use of texture and formal structure to capture an essence the landscape are set off well against the more playful, intuitive and uplifting linear scribbles of Kate Genever’s work, which were a pleasant discovery for me. These small un-egotistical works had a closer evidential link to their departure points, a trip to Venice. The interplay between the slowly meditative and the speedily got down is highly engaging and they act as a perfect foil for one another, in a beautifully hung show.
50 x charcoal drawings on paper
Sizes vary from 21cm x 28cm to 50 cm x 55cm
The residency enabled me to develop a working partnership with Dr Emma Sdegno at Ca’Foscari University. Which led to a successful British Council Travel Award, regular return visits, exhibitions and teaching opportunities.