Kate Crook: Out of the darkness 21st May to 14th June 2013

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Kate Crook: Out of the darkness
21st May to 14th June 2013
Open eve 21st May 7-9pm

Jewels fascinate me; researching their beauty, history, power and emotion led me to make a series of hand printed etchings in black and white,  revealing the abstracted patterns on these hand cut semi precious and precious stones as light falls on them  suggests constellations of stars and other worlds.

I studied Fine Art Painting at City and Guilds of London Art School in 2005. During this period I found a new way to respond to subjects that interested me.  I am a printmaker and painter and an obsession with surface is evident:
I appreciate the thinnest of layers of ink and paint in the printmaking process and I realise that in my painting process.
This exhibition is about my fascination with light, dark, sparkle, shine, layers, detail, facets, patterns and fragments, which has taken me some time to realise that this is what my work is all about.
Pattern and detail are paramount to me, as you can see from my New Works on my website( katecrook.com )
A recent opportunity to be artist in residence for a year at Benenden Girls School in Kent,  has given me the opportunity  to produce large format silk screens ( 6ft x 4ft ) of natural plants; hand printed with multiple colours and images in matt, transparent and pearlised inks. This has led to new print works which can only be described as ‘floor prints’ as I placed paper on the floor and used a wide squeegie to pull ink over the surface of the paper to produce patterns…these are works in progress and were inspired by lakes in the grounds of Benenden School.