Meet the Artist: Katie Fletcher
What is the inspiration behind your current pieces?
The painting in not just a shop (above) is one of a few small works that focus on the layering of paint to build an image. I wanted limited colour and a subtle form. I was collaging photographed seascapes of my hometown in Essex and the Vietnam coastline.
Who has influenced your work the most?
I refer to painters Helen Frankenthaler and Peter Doig, however cinema is also a prominent influence in my practice. I often look at filmmaker Patricio Guzman – I share a similar romanticised vision of landscape.
When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career as an artist?
For me, pursuing a career as an artist materialised midway through my BA after my work experience in Fine Art Insurance. It was after that when I realised the thing I love most about art is making it, and not necessarily the industries that surround it.
What do you want viewers to take away from your work?
I want viewers to find something relatable in my paintings and I want the paintings to evoke an emotional response. I find depicting generic scenes in nature, or even illustrating journeys, can channel a collective sense of nostalgia.
What three things are essential to your practice?
Imagery is essential to my practice. My studio is covered in reference material: photographs, film stills, pieces of paper that I’ve collected, paint splats, different paintings, snippets of poetry, postcards, notes to myself. The notion of travel is essential to my practice; I gather imagery from the different landscapes and countries that I’ve visited. It’s important that I have a clear head and focus when painting. I tend to make a lot of mess but it’s very organised mess. I’m a planner.
What is the most inspiring place or exhibition you’ve been to in London?
I find Ruskin Park one of the most inspiring places in London; it’s just up the road from my studio, magical in every season and there are lots of hidden corners to find a sense of calm. Kew Gardens is also perfect – it’s great place to think about painting.