Kat is an artist and a make-up artist focusing on a critical and creative practice.
Kat explores the subject of death and gender through the art of taxidermy and birds’ preservation. Unimaginable, mentally unrepresentable, death is the unknown and constitutes the inevitable encounter with the incomprehensible. Various depictions and interpretations of death maintain the relationship between the world of the living and the dead. Such portrayals of the unknown move the viewers towards deeper self-understanding and shaping identities, especially in the context as abstract as own death.
Kat has worked as a make-up artist in the industry since 2006, collaborating with artists and photographers on numerous projects. She has worked with Jimmy Choo, Sorapol, Katarzyna Konieczka and London Fashion Week. Kat has also been involved in organizing art exhibitions and curating as an artist in Espacio Gallery, London.
Kat joined Solent University in 2014 to teach on BA (Hons) Make-up and Hair Design. She specialises in character design, Gothic Horror, special effects make-up and prosthetics. Her work is inspired by overlapping of the fictional and the factual, allowing a critical approach to the narrative interweaving the disciplines. Kat is a moderator for MA Prosthetics and Sculpting at Pinewood Studios.
Kat is researching the subject of death, gender and taxidermy. She owns a small collection of taxidermy birds, which inspired the creative practice. Although those birds were shot in anonymity, they regained their identities in the course of Kat’s research. They became known and took an active part in the project’s development. Although they are dead, in a way they are not. They exist, sharing the principal of a memento mori.
Taxidermied specimens are dead but not gone, transformed into quasi-immortal beings with an uncanny independence. Therefore, Kat explores the duality between the absence and presence, between animate versus inanimate.
Kat is currently working on 'Death, gender and birds' preservation' project.
Kat's recent publication include group exhibitions in London.
'14 New Artists,' Group Exhibition February/March2013 Espacio Gallery, London.
'A Room of One's Own,' Group Exhibition March 2013 Espacio Gallery, London.
'Focus,' Photography Group Exhibition October 2013 Espacio Gallery, London.
'ALIVE: NEW DESIGN FRONTIERS,' 26 April - 1 September 2013, Espace Fondation EDF, Paris.