Kate Downie

Excerpt from ‘Walk Through Resonant Landscape’ catalogue.
“As China changes, so too does its attitude to art, community and environment. As an artist, I respond to both its beauty and its blight, and can shut my eyes to neither. China like all fast developing countries creates these juxtaposed extremes. One is simultaneously appalled and impressed. Having missed industrial revolution in the UK by about 150 years, I have found it elsewhere. So whilst I am deeply attracted to the techniques and philosophies of traditional ink painting and calligraphy, it is the reality of China now, its people, its public spaces, piles of dirt & sand, outrageous geologies, epic rivers, smog and mists, motorways, migrant villages, shopping malls and civil engineering systems which capture my attention.
It is all so cacophonous, so resonant”