I build my paintings out of layers of transparent glaze. This meditative process creates luminous color and a richness of surface that references industrial finishes. I seek a moment of quiet in my work, a deep breath that I hope to share with my audience.
Working flat, I apply thin layers of glaze to achieve the density of color and surface that I desire, allowing each layer to dry between coats. The glaze is a very liquid mixture of oil paint and a high gloss painting medium. The shiny surface deepens with the color as each layer is applied. I use a turkey baster to apply additional color and pattern, working with multiple colors, wet into wet on the final coat. The wrinkles that appear in the work result from the large amount of paint used on the final coat and shrinkage during the curing period. The bulges of paint occur when the work is turned vertical and gravity interacts with the still viscous under layers. In Seasons: Winter 5 and Summer 5 gravity won, a result I was not seeking but still embrace as part of my process. These experiments with paint application have become the focus of my practise.
Born 1958 / Worcester MA, Kate MacKinnon received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1992 and her Masters of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003. Working mainly in oil on canvas, her most recent paintings are high gloss abstractions that explore formal issues of color and surface.