Catherine Irwin


My practice explores the use of formal abstraction as a tool of representation in order to reduce architectural elements and space to their essential geometric forms. Through exploring the connotations associated with colour the work considers the notion of aesthetical form and the seductive.

Displaying arrangements of geometric shapes, colour, colour combinations and considering notions of surface, the work explores ideas regarding proposed compositions, the idea of the staging or framing of objects, colours and carefully compiled arrangements.

The work arises through a lateral process-based way of making, highlighting repetition, rules and structure. The enquiry is on-going and continually pushes forward, through exploring endless opportunities of creating formal compositions.

There is an element of contingency within the work due to the explorative nature of the materials, allowing opportunities for tensions to be created within the practice questioning the dialogue between formality and provision.