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 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.

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.

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.”