Kay Wood is an Australian artist, living in Boorloo/Perth, Western Australia. After living in Melbourne and Sydney for many years, she returned to Perth in 2005 where she was represented by Artplace. Kay has now been represented by Stala Contemporary in Perth since 2020. She is fascinated by the allure and mystery of our natural world, the complex relationships between humans and matter, and what constitutes the actualisation of self-knowledge.
Originally stemming from a painting practice, since the late 1990s, Kay's work has diversified to encompass a variety of materials - found objects, expanding foam, fibreglass, cast resin, cardboard, textiles, knitting, and of late, clay - the latter allowing for the unashamed sign of the artist's hand. Kay's methodology is loose and resistant of self assured resolve. The work is an amalgam of painting and, what might be called, sculptural assemblages. All items usually involve high and low chromatic expression, and all are in non-hierarchical, event-like, relationships to each other. Impulsive and random combinations of colour, forms, and materials suggested by process speak to Kay's love of the democratic nature of objects/matter, as much as to an avowal of the importance of playfulness. Play has political agency by virtue of its affirmation of the ludic in the face of co-optation by received structures of knowledge and power. Play also allows for alchemy to occur and Kay's works are expressive of the imagic within all matter, when encountered with sensitivity by humans. Searching intuitively for beauty in her roughly hewn aesthetic Kay allows subconscious expression of unknowable relationships which involves ‘mistakes', retreats and a certain reparative impulse in order to rest, uncertainly for a while, in the variety of emergent works.
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