Katherine Wise

Thoughts behind the sculpture

Working creatively is a way of expressing what I absorb, hear and experience from the world in which we live.

Much of my childhood was spent between Asia and Europe and the impact of their diverse landscapes and cultures made a great impression on my early life. Despite this diversity, I have always been mindful that the intrinsic needs of all human beings are the same; namely, to have a living purpose, to belong, to eat, breathe, sleep, love, and be loved. It is my feeling that this awareness can’t help but cultivate a sense of connection to all human kind and indeed extend to living matter. These elementary observations have led me along paths of exploration which over time have revealed a simple and grounded expression in my sculpture.

Often confounded at humanity’s way of being in the world I resolve to making and perhaps  use the process to reconcile the tremendous harmonies and disharmonies there are. My concern is that our Formal Education systems which are so disconnected from the fundamentals of life, emphasise acquiring information leads us to accumulate quantities of knowledge, much of which we never experience first hand. Through our schooling, this stress is upon learning a logical and reasoned method of comprehension which develops a linear and rational approach to worldly values and issues. The cacophony of media reiterates these values and from the earliest age we are ‘persuaded’ what to buy, where to go on holiday, what to look like, who to vote for, etcetera, etcetera. This is often at the expense of our own valuable instincts. These matters are of concern as I believe through our modern lives, our deeper perceptions stagnate and we lose the ability to connect to our innate senses, our inner selves. We constantly look to an ‘authority’ outside ourselves. This education is the equipping with knowledge. The overall development of mind, body, and soul is real education.

Through this journey I have been interested in sculptural forms from indigenous cultures, many of which evoke spirits of fecund vitality, the embodiments of life. I approach my work with this spirit in mind. By centring my faculties of intuition, I work from an inner core, knowing the forms that are made come out of the depth which is reached by giving one’s self over to the play of creativity. The work is about being alive, being in touch with our deepest perceptions and trusting them.