Cat Tams explores the dialogue between light and colour, and the interplay between volume, form and surface. With a rigour of observational drawing at the core of her pictures, she often uses familiar landscapes or handcrafted objects as a vehicle through which she creates pictures. Ultimately, her work is a negotiation with the complex fibres of the visible world. By placing subjects in playful relation to one another, Cat reveals a conversation and an energy in the spaces between them. She is interested in how these relationships can alter perception, and create a sense of lyricism, motion and narrative. The seemingly inanimate subject of still life, brought to life. With a background in geography and teaching, and having lived and travelled in many parts of the world, she considers her work a store of time, place and memory – drawing from her experiences and relationships with place and objects. Often, she returns to the same subject, from multiple viewpoints, before arriving at a painting. The process creates a space for reflection and enquiry, and inevitably, what emerges is always a starting point rather than a conclusion.
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My degree show presents a playful conversation and interchange between form and surface, volume and flatness. The dialogue between the two and three dimensional – within the surface of the paintings, between the picture plane and the object of the paintings, and between the ceramic objects and the paintings – where the viewer can perceive form and flatness oscillating between the works. I hand-build my frames – an important part of my process – where the edges become integral both within my pictures, and around. With their frames, the ‘objectness’ of each picture is emphasised, and the frame plays an important role in each composition.