Degree: Fine Art
University: Falmouth University
Graduation Year: 2020
Katie May is a painter and drawer who works with natural form. She works directly with flowers and the human body, having had an interest in nature from a young age, she sees many connections between the shapes and surface qualities of these living forms. She is interested in exploring how she can alter the perception of these qualities through the rendering of abstract images. Her work often begins with a series of preliminary oil pastel drawings, working with the idea that when the whole subject itself is removed, the distinctions between subject’s merge into one another. The skin on one’s arm is no different than the petal of a flower, both are soft to the touch, displaying folds, creases and beautiful imperfections. May’s work then develops to oil on canvas, pursuing the sensation of touch through the layering of thin glazes, showing how transparency can be created to represent both a petal and skin. Here she alludes to the seduction of entangled limbs and the fragrant aroma of a flower’s scent through the building up of paint on paint, skin on skin.