“Emotive Landscapes” by Kate Ward

In the current exhibition at the Corridor Gallery, Kate Ward shows her watercolour studies inspired by a month long residency at SIM in Iceland. Her immersive experience in the raw landscapes inspired Ward to recreate the sublime grandeur of nature and dynamic skies. Using imagery which began as a response to her surroundings, her watercolour studies capture an emotive experience to the ever changing light on the winter landscape. Emotive Landscapes is on display at the Corridor Gallery October 3 – 30.

Kate Ward, Emotive Landscape 1, watercolour, 23 x 62 cm, 2017. Image courtesy of artist.

Of the exhibition, Ward states:
Using minimalistic lines of colour, I worked with the unpredictable fluidity of watercolours, where the paper captures marks of time as the watercolour pigment ebbs and flows across the page recording the fluidity of space and time […] reminiscent of the grand skies of Iceland. Another component of the exhibition contains objects that manipulate the physical materiality of Iceland: fleece combined with rusty wire captures the contrasts of the landscape: black and white, soft and hard, life and death.

Kate Ward is a multi-media artist and educator whose research driven practice investigates the relationship between art, ritual spaces and cultural meaning. Her practice engages with issues of public space and social engagement in contemporary cultures, drawing references from the geolithic, neolithic, through to modern neuroscience technologies. Kate creates ephemeral, transitory experiences and spaces in which her audience is invited to engage with, and contemplate. The artist is concerned with creating modes of exchange, questioning value by facilitating moments in which the audience must negotiate between symbolic objects when removed from familiar contexts.

Kate is the recipient of numerous international scholarships, residencies and exchange programs. Her work has been selected for national and international exhibitions and awards and she is represented in national and international collections.

Kate Ward, Felt 2, Iceland wool and steel, 37 x 40 cm, 2017. Image courtesy of artist.


Located inside the Visual Arts Nova Scotia office at the Halifax Seaport since 2000, the Corridor Gallery is complimented by a historical legacy of Nova Scotia culture, simple yet modern architectural elements and an array of current cultural activity in the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia office. The Corridor Gallery is located at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia and is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 5pm.

Visual Arts Nova Scotia advances the visual arts through leadership, education, and communication.

See more of Kate Ward’s work on her website: kateward.com.au and follow her on Instagram: @kateward_design

High resolution image for press available via Dropbox.

For further information regarding the exhibition please contact:
Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
902.423.4694 | 1.866.225.8267 | f: 902.422.0881
vans@visualarts.ns.ca | www.visualarts.ns.ca

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