Katie Pratt

Katie Pratt’s prints extend the process enquiry of her abstract painting practice through exploring the materiality and traditions of copper plate etching.  Using the surrealist technique of decalcomania, the plates progress from a chaotic beginning towards systemic order.  A sheet of plastic, often coated in solvent, is briefly applied to the ground, removing traces and partially exposing the plate. Where chance patterns and regularities occur in the ground, these are articulated and accentuated through a prescribed set of drawing instructions.  The purpose of these directives is to endeavour to treat each repeated instance the same. The intention to proceed objectively is inevitably banjaxed by the impossibility of knowing exactly what marks the ground conceals. As the work proceeds, the systematic mark-making is increasingly estimated and the generation of the image becomes ever more intuitive.