|Kate Gottgens, Harlequin Mother (2010)|
|Red Interior (2012)|
|Kate Gottgens, On the Ferry (2015)|
Something about her paintings appeals to me strongly, but I'm not sure what it is. There are certainly echoes of modern painters I admire, from Gerhard Richter to Peter Doig; like them she works from photographs, and like them uses this material to create distinctive paintings. In her case the found photos tend to depict the family lives of white middle class South Africans, while the paintings suggest an alternative reality - beautiful sometimes, but unsettling, even nightmarish.
|Kate Gottgens, Wilderness (2014)|
It is written on the photograph - 'Wilderness'. She takes it both literally and figuratively. It is a small black and white image from the early 20th century of two female figures on a boat. As she paints, the foliage morphs into lurking phantasmal shapes. The rumour of a face emerges from the shadowy bulrushes. The vegetation takes on the feel of a headdress or a mask...
|Rowing, Kate Gottgens (2015)|
|Kate Gottgens, Milk Teeth (2015)|