Kate Parrott, December 2015 - January 2016

The use of the everyday, an element of comedy, and the suggestion of people and figuration (real or otherwise) are all aspects of Kate Parrott’s work.  There is a combination of pathos and humour – works which look careless and are made from apparently worthless parts but that on closer inspection can offer something more.

The works are an exploration of material qualities and the physical processes involved in making sculpture.  Price tags and existing marks and dirt are left in place, and works maintain their compositions with the bare minimum of support and structure, with what they do have often left exposed.  Longevity, permanence and preciousness are challenged with ideas of collapse, carelessness, the accidental, and the worthless.

Disparate items, lifted straight from life and retaining all their usability, are not disguised in any way, and are held in place only with Selotape, balance, or a gold belt.  No apparent skill has gone into the making of the works.  In short, they are on most levels almost worthless.  However, as sculptures they are an examination of what is valuable, engaging and worthy, and how objects can be positioned together to create, find, or exploit meanings and interpretation, as well as to ask questions and make challenges.  Is it okay to make sculpture solely from things from Do It All that are balanced together and then fixed with masking tape?

The drawings are also sculptural in their compositions. Not quite structurally sound, but obeying some rules of balance and gravity, with just enough to hint at being a viable form or assemblage. And then topped off with a distracting flourish such as a glittery egg or a wonky arch.  The collaged aspects echo the sculptural relationship to found objects – a means of introducing something that already exists, a shorthand for something else.

Through a simplicity of means and low-tech selection of materials these works have in common a human quality and a struggle against failure, as well as some dark humour.