Mental Hygiene
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Mental Hygiene

Kate Gibb

Jealous East

16 Jun 2022 — 10 Jul 2022

Long-time Jealous collaborator, Kate Gibb, will be holding her first solo exhibition at Jealous this June; immersing viewers in the tropical world of blustery palm leaves, warm hazy mornings and golden sunsets.

The exhibition comprises of an entirely new body of artworks which were printed in the Jealous Print Studios, where the artist revisited familiar iconography of previous seminal, sold out works. The nuances of these large scale silkscreens are achieved by her unorthodox approach to printmaking and intuitive eye for colour. An award winning printmaker and artist with over twenty years experience in the print industry, Kate worked closely with the studio team to see her visions for each artwork come to life. Her ongoing series of smaller scale unique prints created during the pandemic, as part of the Artist Support Pledge, was fundamental in laying down her initial ideas and motifs for these works to stem from, forming her upcoming exhibition, ‘Mental Hygiene’.
Kate has consciously selected to work on deep black paper as the foundation platform for all of the new artworks. Her graphic imagery once exposed on to screen and flooded with bright and boldly coloured inks, allows the field of printed pigment to shine out of the darkness. Visions of sunlight, tranquillity and warm summer days will spring to mind.
“I am predominantly a process led printmaker, each printed mark laid down informs and dictates the next. The ideas underpinning these new works were developed amidst the heaviness of the pandemic, when we all needed to keep our mental hygiene in check. With my daily life compressed and our liberty on hold, my studio was the safe haven that kept me on track. Physically, mentally, creatively. The artworks on show are created from prints of a print of a print - a process led transaction. In slightly more technical terms, they are screenprints on paper, of monoprints achieved from blotting an impression off the original screenprint on paper."
"It was the inkiness of the ink sitting proud on top of the paper on the initial small scale works, that I wanted to retain when increasing their size. Akin to a giant rubber stamp, the wide mesh of a textile screen deposits a thick layer of ink that on the first colour took a good while to dry. From then on it absorbed each layer applied disparately, depending on what it hits from previous colours as the layers increase. These inherent disparities are everything I love about the process and what keeps silkscreen to me, an endlessly fascinating technique.”