The urban and rural landscape is a source of constant free movement and deconstruction. Katherine Simpson’s interest in deconstruction stems largely from her involvement with the breakdown of the physical environment. Just as the physical landscape around us is constantly built up and transformed, to the point where the original elements are distorted or often lost, so are Katherine’s paintings. She utilises this same process; building up, erasing and distorting, in order to deconstruct. Large blocks of colour and the layering of paint are dissolved with indents, distortions and suggestions from previous structure, forming a new landscape that is both harmonious and distressed.
Layers of paint from a restricted, but well chosen, palette are built up and erased. Outlines which are hidden at certain points and exposed in others, make up the essence and intention of her work. This is the landscape on the brink of formation. They can appear dimly at first, resulting in the underlying construction of smooth and coarse lines working together as one action.
Katherine’s work is held in public, private and corporate collections across the country and has attracted the attention of noted art critics and collectors:
“…these impressive abstract paintings distilled from the urban landscape, with its angles and sharp, straight lines. Transparent colour and delicate surface combine in subtle and unexpected ways to give a sense of structure and detail to city buildings” -T.J. Macnamara