Katharine Dowson MRSS
Katharine employs various materials including transparents' to define her work. Juxtaposing the domains of science, art and medicine, Dowson has exhibited in the ground braking shows, Spectacular Bodies, A History of Anatomical Art from Leonardo to Now at the Haywood Gallery London, Head On: Art with the Brain in Mind at the Science Museum London, Brains: Mind as Matter at The Wellcome Collection. In 2015 she was the first artist to exhibit in the Chemistry Department, Oxford University with her solo show Sculpting Science. Katharine is one of 30 artists world wide to be commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the project Art of Saving a Life, in 2014 to celebrate the World Health Authorities 40 years of mass immunisation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv4mf0KL1pk
Recent Exhibitions include Blood, Science Gallery London 2017 and Spellbound: Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft at the Ashmolean, Oxford. 2018 https://vimeo.com/281269896
For Katharine, glass is a membrane; it has a life of its own; it moulds itself into objects thus evoking memory’s processes of impression and recall, replication and change. She constructs forms that rely both on transparency and translucency, using materials that allow light to pass through, playing with the opposing qualities of clarity and distortion, with which both cast objects and those seen through lenses may be distinguished. Through the manipulation of glass, lenses and light, she infuses notions of inner and outer worlds; of what is opaque, or hidden from view in contrast to that which is clear or illuminated.