Katharine studied for her MA in European Fine Art in Barcelona and has a degree in Fine Art from the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh College of Art. Katharine has exhibited across Scotland, London and internationally. Her work has been critically acclaimed at her recent solo show in Edinburgh's prestigious gallery Bourne Fine Art as well at the Scottish Society of Artists and Royal Scottish Academy exhibitions.
Aarrestad's technique of reverse painting on glass creates compelling, subtle and disconcerting images that hint at the mutable nature of existence. Her unusual and intricate methods depict “lost” nostalgic figures and landscapes creating a shifting vision of reality, a camera obscura through which images of the past are viewed through the seasoned lens of a cynical present. The images become duplicitous in their meaning and significance.
"What do we experience when we view nostalgic images in another context?
My work focuses upon the translation of meaning through different points in time. While the visual subject matter is drawn from the past, the experience is very much of the present, viewing 'lost' images. Images are taken to a place of deviancy which they had not hitherto inhabited, filtered through the experience of the 21st century viewer.
I endeavour to explore the spaces, tensions, relationships between the viewer, the image and the narrative. Juxtaposition of images and titles are used to 'open up' this experience and to delve deeper. Often - replacing visual context of the background with the possibilities of an alternative narrative which may or may not be stimulated by the title / text.
Symbolically, this obscure vision of reality is encapsulated in the medium of the work, reverse painting on glass."