Thought Becomes Action
9 March–4 May 2013
British artist Katy Dove presents a selection of new and recent animated films alongside print based works. Dove’s work can be interpreted as a kind of aesthetic essentialism, or the distillation of the everyday into fundamental shapes, sounds and colours.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is a new film work entitled Meaning in Action (2013). The film explores ideas relating to inner and outer mental space. Through capturing different actions – repetitive mark making on fabric, the geometry that stems from movement of the hand and the process of ink drying slowly on wet silk; movement, shape, and texture are formed. These are edited with close up footage of bodily movement, the resulting images reflect a psychological state inherent in these actions.
Dove’s work starts with a process of intuitive mark making often in the form of drawings and watercolours. These serve as raw material for animations, watercolour paintings and works on paper. The majority of the sound that accompanies the film works is produced by the artist. Three animations, Luna (2004), Sooner (2007) and October (2011), shown back-to-back on a single screen, offer an insight into the progression of Dove’s film work.
A series of six etchings and paintings from 2009–10 entitled Six Audio Visual Musical Forms will be on display. Dove has used text, pattern and diagrammatic forms to describe music, some of which hint at musical notation, others describing sound in a more textural way.
Two photographic works under the collective title Make a Shape (2007) stem from collaborative work with Edinburgh-based choreographer Sheila Macdougall. These mark the beginning of an interest in choreography, which continues to be explored in Meaning in Action. Copies of Make A Shape will be available to purchase in the gallery.