"The process of my art making is a way to express my personal response to the world around me with a distinct technique and style. It is a profound self-communication and a visual representation of my mind."
Repetition, stillness, and rhythm are essential elements in Catherine Pickop’s work. She is particularly interested in how art can help to express internal emotions and rationalize inner thoughts. She began using coffee residue as a material in her art-making, exploring feelings consciously and subconsciously as a method of self-discovery. Her works become a visual reflection of her mind, the process of her art-making describes how she sees the world, reconstructed on paper in minimal abstract form.
After exploring different media through her early stage, she is now more focused on drawings with natural mineral pigment and coffee residue. She created her own method and gesture of rubbing natural mineral pigment on paper which is a direct and intimate way of painting. Each painting evolves from a combination of carefully planned structure and the immediate sensation of application and removal of pigment. The carefully calibrated neutral tones create complex spatial compositions which invite the audience to appreciate movement and subtle variations of color.
Catherine Pickop lives and works in Hong Kong.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist