Layer, Shift, Lift
3rd March - 14th April 2013
“Not long ago I visited the limestone and chalk cliffs on the North Norfolk coast. As I was walking below them I remember constantly looking up to the top of the cliffs, overwhelmed and cautious of the overbearing layers of rock that towered above, dwarfing me… As I continued walking I found myself picking up small fragments of rock that had broken from the cliff face: small fragments that I could hold in my hands, from which I could get a realistic sense of scale, form and materiality.
Whilst drawn to natural landscape formations, I am both overwhelmed and cautious in their presence. I find myself shrinking, hesitant to interact fully. The process of mud coating my hands or sand filling the gaps between my fingers for me is a stressful one. When I do feel the compulsion to pick up and touch this is instantly followed by the need to cleanse. As a remedy I create sterile and ordered spaces in which I interpret and reinterpret the natural landscape, condensing and reimagining forms and structures to create imagined landscapes…”
Kyle Kirkpatrick is an artist based in Bedfordshire and Peckham, London. He graduated in 2010 with a BA (hons) in Fine Art at Norwich University College of the Arts specialising in Printmaking and Photomedia. He recently completed an MSc in Applied Technologies: Rapid Prototyping and Digital Technologies at Ravensbourne, North Greenwich. Recent group exhibitions include Think Print at The Nancy Victor Gallery and Constructing the Ideal at Stew Gallery, Norwich. He recently completed a young artist in residence programme at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire.