Kate Southworth is a painter and often works in alignment with calendric practices, alchemy and rituals. In her paintings, she encourages the spontaneous emergence of figures; strangers from the Otherworld who seem to arrive unexpectedly onto the canvas. Without her compassionate hospitality, these unknown entities fade away; leaving the merest trace of their almost-existence.
She gives equal attention to traditional and digital techniques of making and uses the interplay between them to think about what constitutes materiality and matter.
Her work has been disseminated nationally and internationally. In addition to solo and two-person shows, her work has appeared in more than 35 group exhibitions including Craftivism at Arnolfini, Bristol, and is archived in online collections. In 2020 her work was featured in Interalia magazine’s issue on Alchemy, Occult and Esoteric Art Practices, and in 2021 she was interviewed about her artistic practice by Marc Garrett for the Furtherfield Podcast.
She completed a practice-based PhD in Fine Art under the supervision of Professors Griselda Pollock and Chris Taylor at the University of Leeds, was awarded a distinction for MSc in Multimedia Systems from London Guildhall University and gained a BA(Hons) Fine Art (Painting) from Manchester Polytechnic. She has taught at Universities in London, Dublin and Cornwall.
She has given talks on contemporary art at Tate St.Ives, Tate Britain and Tate Modern.