Drawing through Process
I create conceptual, non-objective surfaces founded in principles and methodologies of drawing, which I consider the most visual equivalent to human thought and consciousness.
I have been making drawings for a long time, thinking about structure and dwelling in my work. My surfaces evolve in response to material systematically placed and replaced within a given field: graphite on paper, oil paint on substrate. In this way, the drawing instinctively emerges through its process. My markings possess autonomy but they are also unified components of a whole. Each mark depends on another to support it, to provide residence in which to exist. Much like architecture.
I do not believe a drawing to be medium-specific: a drawing will develop from any material and sequence in space. There is no precursor to a more vital execution. Each mark reflects the nature of the medium, and together they are ultimately a reflection of who I am.
-Kate Beck, 2016
Curator Emeritus of Contemporary Art, Piet Augustijn, of the Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, The Netherlands, wrote in his 2011 essay Kate Beck, The Potential of Line, “… these (works) are poetic impressions of colored perceptions, interpretations of a personal experience of nature created from within and resulting in oases of inner calm and contemplation, but also of mystery, reminiscent of the pigment sculptures by Anish Kapoor (b.1954), subtle poetic works with fragile skin and infinite depth of color. “
Born in Bath, Maine in 1956, Beck has studied at the University of Maine, Bennington College and the Maine College of Art. She has exhibited and lectured within the United States and Europe, including the Portland Museum of Art, The Ogunquit Museum of American Art, The New Mexico Museum of Contemporary Art, The University of Western Bohemia, Czech Republic, Gorcums Museum, The Netherlands, ParisCONCRET Projects, Paris, France, and Brito.Rodriguez Arquitectura, Lisboa, Portugal. Her works are in public and private collections in Boston, New York, France, Portugal and Italy. She lives and works in Maine.