Aiming to illustrate the exclusion of women in the history of art and their absence in some texts even today, I quite literally remove the bodies of female figures from my work. I explore the role of women as models versus their absence as artists in art history.
For my ‘Self-Portraits’ series, I am my muse, I am the model, I direct the photography and I then paint from the photos myself. Using acrylic on canvas, my paintings aim for the artist (in this case, myself) to take full control of her self-image and how the female form is viewed within an art context.
Intentional white spaces are left on these life-sized canvas’ for the audience to fill in the gaps. Using their imagination to picture the person that has been left out of the artwork leads them to question why and who the subject might be. If they look closer, they will see that although they are self-portraits, each of the figures in my paintings has been named after a female artist that has been an influence on my art practice.
Kate Carter uses her art to produce a portfolio of bold and colourful works, from acrylic paintings inspired by feminist art theory to empowering digital drawings used to create awareness of positive influences with remarkable stories on social media.
Whilst studying Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art, Kate developed her signature style, capturing the human form using the beauty of traditional drapery. Curious folds, dripping shapes and puddles of material pour over figures that appear to be missing, creating the illusion of a person perhaps the past has kept hidden.
Since graduating Kate has lived and worked in cities all over the world and pursued a passion for travel. After moving back to London in the summer of 2018, Kate resumed her art practice and has since been building on her thoughts and ideas of female representation in the art world.