Art and artists
Focussed on the human form
Catherine MacDiarmid is a Kendal based artist who works from her studio in the town. Her work focuses mainly on the human form.
Catherine MacDiarmid is a Kendal based artist who works from her studio in the town. Her work focuses mainly on the human form. Her portraits explore the peculiarities of facial asymmetry and expression, which she achieves through a process of photomontage. By taking close-up shots of sections of the face from slightly different perspectives she can distort appearances. This montage technique is employed throughout her work. The displacement of images together, and into new contexts, and the fusing of subjects fascinates her, and gives her the scope to play with perception.
She has exhibited widely throughout Cumbria and nationally. Her work has been selected for show at both MAFA and the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at NPG.
Catherine's most recent work is rooted in her experience of pregnancy and parenthood. She has recently exhibited a series of drawings which were preliminary facial studies, exploring the structure and shape of a baby's face by isolating it from the body, clothes and surroundings, capturing the most common and familiar expressions. She followed this with an exhibition of paintings which continued to explore these themes. A number of these can be found at the gallery on her website www.catherinemacdiarmid.co.uk.
"Catherine's paintings...are microscopic in their attention to detail yet their scale is monumental and they reach all the parts that cameras don't. They achieve a realness that can only emanate from passionate emotion and a painter's ability to articulate feelings with paint. She is herself part of the same figurative environment she paints. It is evident her baby came out of her body, and her drawings and paintings seem to be part of the same physical process."
Words and pictures courtesy of Catherine MacDiarmid.
last updated: 19/08/2008 at 12:14
A-Z of Cumbrian artists