Kate Beatty's artwork explores the hierarchy of image and object through a process that draws on seriality. Repeated botanical studies form the background, as a lone native bird is depicted in the corner. This patterning effect works to devalue the botanical image; it becomes design, wallpaper-esque, whereas the depicted birds stand by themselves. The combined result is uncanny; nothing seems to be quite what it should be.
The concept behind this series of work draws on establishing a connection of Kate’s heritage as a European New Zealander.
Kate is a graduate of Ilam School of Fine Arts with a major in painting and has also studied printmaking, sculpture and photography.