In her solo exhibition at Zimmer Stewart gallery this May, Katharine Le Hardy will showcase new paintings from her Eyots and Aits series. An ait, pronounced like "eight", or eyot, is a small island and it is especially used to refer to islands found on the River Thames and its tributaries in England.
Aits are typically formed by the deposit of sediment in the water, which accumulates over a period of time. An ait is characteristically long and narrow and may become a permanent island. However, aits may also be eroded: the resulting sediment is deposited further downstream and could result in another ait. A channel with numerous aits is called a braided channel.
In these works, Katharine engages us with her gestural marks and loose brushwork drawing the eye in via the foreground and then around the painting charged with dynamism and movement.
These new works are typical of Katharine's style where she builds up the paint in transparent and opaque layers, dripping, washing, splashing, allowing it to take its own fluid course and giving the painting a life of its own.