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Kate Breakey
Kelp, Mendocino, California

2021

About the Item

For me, an artistic process is an act of investigation – a passionate attempt to establish an understanding of the natural world – a version that incorporates both intellectual and emotional comprehension which are sometimes incompatible, and distills them into a visual language of images where they can be contemplated. Making images of these things is a natural extension of being fascinated, touched, or intrigued by them. This process of seeing, and recording transforms me. It is how I express wonder and love, a form of dedication. It is also a record of my life and my desire to connect myself to all other things, the acknowledgment of a search for an explanation, for meaning and significance, and a primal longing to grasp things that are unknowable. I begin with a silver photographic image, evidence. Then I paint this in many transparent layers of oil paint and pencil. If I am lucky the media combine, and become enmeshed, a curious union of what was real with my own painterly exaggerations and embellishments, so I can show how beautiful it all is — the light, the form, the texture, and color, because I am a sensualist and this is my deepest pleasure, my lovely addiction. Each of these pieces of artwork is silver gelatin photographs that have been selenium toned, archival dry mounted on 4-ply museum rag board then hand-colored with many layers of oil paint and colored pencils. This means that no two are exactly alike, and because of the nature of the process, each one is unique.
  • Creator:
    Kate Breakey (1957, Australian)
  • Creation Year:
    2021
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 16 in (40.64 cm)Width: 18 in (45.72 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes:
    frame w/Optium Museum PlexiPrice: $2,220
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  • Framing:
    Framing Options Available
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  • Gallery Location:
    Sante Fe, NM
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU134210703882
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