Artist Statement

I am an Artist / Printmaker living in Manchester UK.

My work emerges from the intersection of science and art. Consequently, I have developed a creative practice which is experimental and investigative – exploratory and methodical. A legacy of my past scientific practice.

My inspiration

The progress of science and the wonderment of ‘life’ itself, infuse and inform my creations. I visually investigate both macro and micro levels of nature.

I depict the microbiological and organic images that inspire me by employing atypical surfaces to print from, often further distressed and manipulated.

An example is a series I collectively called “The Beautiful Death of a Cell”, where I depict death at the cellular level. Inspired by a process called ‘apoptosis’, whereby a disease damaged cell drives their own death to protect other cells from succumbing to the same disease, taking a ‘self sacrificing’ action for the good of the whole.

In this process the cells collapse in on themselves, holes appear, contorting their shape and they exude tentacle-like protrusions. The printed images I create contrast the ugliness of disease, the way they contort a body and constrain a life, with the beauty of the colour filled image and the delicate lace like intricate patterns generated by apoptosis.

Out in nature I like to collect organic marks, repeated patterns, and emotive colours which I document in my sketchbooks as collages and individual drawings.

My Creative Process

I harness a range of print processes, predominantly; monotype, collagraph and etching, to generate complex, multi-layered images. Distinctive mark making techniques, and emotive colour notes, tearing, burning, cutting and reassembling are frequently incorporated in the evolution of a piece. As a result of incorporating elements of risk and luck, my creative process often produces unique pieces, and short print editions rather than the usual longer editions of many printmakers.

A number of my prints are further worked into with acrylics, oil pastels, graphite, charcoal and collage. What-ever the piece demands in order for it to find its final resolution.

When painting with acrylic medium,  I start on canvas or board rather than paper, but just as easily move to the incorporation of other media including printed materials to come to completion.

My Etching Press
My Etching Press
2017 Sean Rorke – Artistic Director – Hot Bed Press, Salford

Kaye consistently invents new ways of creating organic and expressive marks through printmaking. Her work can be read as abstract  compositions or an individual interpretation of cell structures and microbiology. They draw you into a whole other world, full of colour, form and life itself.”