Katie Tomlinson’s works depict bizarre narratives that are a response to the everyday, intended for and about the contemporary, digital and atemporal world. Each work is informed by a different real-life encounter; a funny man gardening in his underpants, a weird meme found weeks into a strangers Instagram feed, two guys loudly discussing the pros of Brexit on a beach in Corfu, doing the cha-cha-slide with two Geordie nans on a DFDS ferry, or that shameful feeling when you’ve been watching ‘Gavin and Stacey’ for 4 hours and Netflix asks “are you still watching?”
Katie later transforms these peculiar little moments into paintings and ceramic sculptures filled with symbolic, abstract and surreal imagery. The initial compositions are playfully constructed using Photoshop, generally made up of awkward stock images found serendipitously on the Internet. The use of collage removes the individual images from their original context and manipulates them into a new, socio-political storyline that is tainted with humour.
The works encourage dialogue past the initial one-dimensional narrative and invite discussion about the characters in the paintings. Consequently, contemplating human existence and the superstructures within British society. Questions around power, feminism, sexuality, gender and otherness are predominantly relevant.
Limited Edition of 10
Signed and numbered by the artist
Giclée Print on Hahnemule Paper 30x40cm
N.B. Lifestyle image is representative and not to accurate scale