Thornton's work illuminates the significance of the 'event' - the act of painting or making - as a site for inquiry, response and invention (Newman et al. 2003:169)1. This process is full of wonder and possibility -the paintings, objects, and drawings reflect this inquisitive joy.
These pieces are arranged into scenes or compositions; placed in the corners of rooms, stacked on top of each other, propped against walls, laid on tables. Deliberately positioned to emphasise the dynamic and active relationships between painting and space, painting and object, colour and colour, colour and space.
Curiosity and time is required to engage with these distilled arrangements. But by participating in this way the viewer is opened to contemplative delight.
1 Newman, A. and de Zegher, C. ed. 2003. The stage of drawing -- gesture and act : selected from the Tate collection, Tate Publishing, London.
-One day in Summer this glorious girl walked into the gallery - we talked about serious things then we laughed about Art and Artists...my favourite subject for laughter!...on the basis that if I didn't laugh then I would cry...and then a week later she strolls back in with images on her Mac of her last big expo this year in Aukland NZ in a gallery as big as Saachi with huge painted tableau bursting with life and vigour - and excitement - and colour - and some gorgeous sculptures that looked like they had been crafted from coloured chalk....and said for her next exhibition she would like to show at THE HEPSIBAH GALLERY Hammersmith. And so, good people of West London - you are in for a December treat...do not miss this one. Katie Thornton is at The Hepsibah Gallery from 1st - 7th of December 2011