Katherine PerrottKatherine Perrott is a Northern Rivers artist, exhibiting throughout the region since 2003.
"In my recent paintings I have endeavoured to create imagery which is landscape specific and yet has broader connotations.
As a child I grew up on fairy tales (Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Alice in Wonderland) which tell us that if we stray too far away from the domestic sphere, we might find ourselves confronted with unexpected and sometimes frightening challenges. Psychologically, there is a limit to how far I am prepared to venture into an unfamiliar natural environment. Through the making of art, my work explores this dynamic. The paintings refer to the wild escarpments and the landscapes around my home. At a distance the escarpments provide lyrical beauty and a powerful force. Yet there is a psychological tension when I actually consider the potential risk of the wilderness, the potential to get lost, its inherent power, the interplay of life and death. I might find myself totally absorbed in the beauty it offers, the colours of lichen or the bark of a tree, or suddenly astonished as a bird appears, yet I know of it's inherent dangers. Nature is not always a benign force. As much as I love the extraordinary colours, the bird song and unexpected delights, in my work I wanted to capture an underlying potential of danger.
In many of the paintings I have painted figures into the landscapes to create a psychological tension in which nature appears to overwhelm the figure. Although the paintings are representative of a physical wilderness or landscape they are an also intentional representation of our psyche. The wilderness can be seen as a symbolic part of our psyche that has not been tamed. It has danger and risks yet it provides us with known and unknown gifts. It is wild and yet it is generous and entices us to explore. In most of the paintings the figure has a companion and thus the vulnerability of the character is lessened. In most narratives, fairy tales, or myths the central characters have companions, or meet fellow travellers. Odysseus did not travel alone.
If we only see the environment as dangerous and risky, we will no longer see it as a place as abundance and provision. We may run the risk of losing our connection to the wildness if we try and sanitise it and control it. On a psychological level this may be true as well. If we turn away from the dark places, our wild thinking, our individuality, we risk of losing our true power and our creativity." Katherine Perrott, 2012
More information and more of Katherine's works at her website.