Often she finds an obscure historical footnote that she then explores to unlock a space’s unique atmosphere and identity. Her work draws on the conventions of documentary and film to build a series of narratives, often by redefining location and scale or through a layering of details. She creates a sense of intrigue, never quite exposing the full extent of the situation or story that she is telling. Through use of the uncanny, her work blurs boundaries between fact and fiction, myth and reality, investigating ideas around superstition, rituals and histories. Herbert draws out the apparent uninteresting or unspoken, redefining social, political, historic spatial narratives.
Kathleen Herbert lives and works in London. She has received several major awards from the Arts Council England South West, and British Council. In 2005 she was nominated for the Becks Futures Award. Recently Kathleen’s proposals 'A History of The Receding Horizon' and ‘Their Land Is Our Country’ were selected for the ArtAngel Open Longlist and ArtAngel Open 100.