New Work

Accessorise
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
97 x 77cm
2019
$1600

Fashioned From Nature

Artist Statement for Exhibition– FASHIONED FROM NATURE

An important theme for me is human and animal interactions. I create anthropomorphic, hybrid, characters that offer an insight into my interest in the wonder and brutality of human nature, folklore and superstition. Figures emerge by layering marks with ink, watercolour and gouache producing different patterns and textures. My practice focuses on the use of these materials in a manner that conveys drawing as a conceptual process. I explore drawing as a form of reverie and the act of making meaningful marks.

Throughout history, the instinct to impose a human aesthetic of beauty on nature through human artifice and intervention goes to the heart of our relationship with nature. The works in this exhibition are inspired by the impact of fashion on the natural world. Designers’ interpretations go beyond feather and fur trimmings to creations embellished with entire animals. Animal prints have long been popular because they are considered exotic; hence a symbol of wealth and status. They are arguably the most dominant theme on international runways currently; yet ironically in nature pattern often has a different purpose – acting as camouflage to enable concealment.

This exhibition is not about animals as isolated subjects but rather the dynamic between humans and animals sharing the planet. Our interest in ecological awareness referenced through fashion collections differs with some observing the cultivation of nature whereas others are drawn to wild, ostentatious and animalistic interpretations.

Fashionista
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
56 x 44cm
2019
$700.00

 

The Darwin Dress
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
65 x 52cm
2019
$850

 

Die for Designer
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
97 x 77cm
2019
$1600

 

The Influencer
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
97 x 77cm
2019
$1600

 

Spring Safari
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
97 x 77cm
2019
$1600

 

The Beauty of the Beast
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
49 x 39cm
2019
$500

 

Walking in Flora and Fauna
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
97 x 77cm
2019
$1600

 

The Ballet
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
64 x 52cm
2019
$850

 

Fashion Victim
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
97 x 77cm
2019
$1600

 

The Collector
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
97 x 77cm
2019
$1600

 

Dressed to Kill
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
97 x 77cm
2019
$1600

 

Fashion Hunter
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
55 x 43cm
2019
$700

 

Two Faced
Kathryn McGovern
Pen, ink, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper
42 x 31cm
2019
$500