Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms

19 Sep 2019

Kate Downie’s forthcoming exhibition Growing Forms documents the artist’s recent move from Edinburgh to north Fife. In this new body of work Kate celebrates the growing forms that surround and inspire her in her new purpose built studio.

The New Studio

Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms

Kate Downie has recently built a new studio and even through the construction process she put it to good use. Engineering has for a long time been rich pictorial territory for the artist and the collaboration between artist/architect/builder represented by the new-build became an irresistible subject. The title Growing Forms therefore applies as much to material as to organic growth, although landscaping and planting a new garden has also, inevitably fed into her work.

Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms
Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms

We flitted in the summer of 2018 and along with our village house came a huge overgrown lawn edged by mature trees. Within this ‘creative field’ there was space to grow both a garden and a studio. As a painter and printmaker, swathes of time in my current life are spent making art so the transformation of the idea of a new purpose built studio into a reality has felt magical in all its stages.

Kate Downie
Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms
Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms

The St James Centre project

Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms

Back in the city where I still had my studio last winter I witnessed the early stages of the Edinburgh St James development. Like a city-state within a city, its raw beginning hewn out of the stone and earth felt elemental, a kind of eulogy to change, for better or worse.

Kate Downie
Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms
Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms
The Cranes of St James, oil on canvas, 2018 - 19, 100 x 100 cm

Print-making

Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms

Summer Grasses Print Series

Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms

This exhibition is a modest expression of transition caused by the life changing decision to leave Edinburgh and move to north Fife. Removing ourselves from that city of stone, wind and shadows into a verdant rural valley whose industry is expressed through birdsong and leaf, tractor and plough was a migration of only one hour north yet it feels a world away.

Kate Downie
Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms
Summer Grasses VIII, 2019, monoprint on Japanese paper, 25 x 23 cm
Studio Insights | Kate Downie - Growing Forms
Summer Grasses IX, 2019, monoprint on Japanese paper, 25 x 23 cm
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