Time is used in Kirsty Armstrong’s work as both a material and a measure. Her sculptural pieces are ephemeral in nature as they are either fragile and subject to disintegration, or mutable and in a constant state of flux. The prints, and transfers, in contrast, are the moments of static within her practice. Whether they are capturing oxidisation happening on a plate, or the negative areas of small sculptures; they remain fixed and unchanging over time.
She discovers an element of beauty in the materials used. In order to move beyond the making of purely aesthetic artworks, Kirsty applies strict self imposed rules of engagement with materials. This results in a conversation or argument between the artist and the work. Thus, whilst the material outcome is controlled, there is an element of uncertainty in the resulting aesthetic. In this way her influence as the artist becomes equal to that which the material has upon itself.