I have always been interested in mans relationship to the natural world. Whatever medium I work in, painting, drawing, sculpture or video, I get my ideas from a place of personal experience. My paintings are about the human condition in connection to spirit, science and history.
I recently read an article The Nature of Beauty in Contemporary Art by artist, writer and teacher Suzi Gablik published in the New Renaissance Magazine. She quotes Thomas Moore If we are going to care for the soul and if we know that the soul is nurtured by beauty, then we will have to understand beauty more deeply and give it a more relevant place in life. Gablik speaks about the interest in taking a lead for a renaissance of beauty in our lives and quotes psychologist James Hillmans reference to art, it transforms the literal to the metaphorical and mystical .ideas of beauty and metaphor are necessary to what I call art.
I am interested in the beauty of painting as a metaphor. I begin with the reference to the natural world but I dont take photographs or paint from the source. The paintings refer to scientific discovery and its connection to the spirit; how the microcosm and the macrocosm look the same, depending on the point of view and the viewers relationship to it. As cultural critic Wendy Steiner argues in Venus in Exile, the experience of beauty is a form of communication, a subject-object interchange in which finding someone or something beautiful is at the same time recognizing beauty in oneself. She demonstrates that beauty has created a new and intensely pleasurable direction for contemporary artistic practice.
My painting practice is about process and discovery through making the work. My hope is that the finished piece reflects the human condition, the environment and beauty.
Katherine Surridge is in many public collections including Canada Council Art Bank, BC Provincial Collection, Burnaby Art Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Nova Corporation and The Toronto Dominion Bank. Among her awards are a Canada Council B Grant, BC Cultural Grant and a scholarship from the Santa Fe Art Institute. Katherine has been Artist in Residence at The Roundhouse in Vancouver, BC and The Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa, California. She has a BFA from the University of Victoria.