The anxiety and instabilities of growing up in a politically, socially and environmentally volatile world have heavily influenced Katherine Hall’s creative practice. By exploring nature and culture as symbiotic phenomena, Hall explores the cognitive dissonance that humanity has developed towards the environment; having completely removed ourselves from our natural ecosystem, we have forgotten that we are still very much a part of it.
Using a variety of materials, Hall uses their cultural and aesthetic significance to construct sculptural bodies that function as visual case studies for symptoms of the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene is a proposed geological epoch in which humans are the dominant cause of environmental change. We are currently living in a heavily altered and artificial environment that has been infiltrated by human activity at every level. This inescapable presence begs the question: is there such a thing as nature anymore?
What have you enjoyed most whilst studying at PCA?
The trips abroad have been incredible - I have been to Berlin and two instances of the Venice Biennale. Having our own studio space for the Fine Art programme has also been great, and it means that the course has a really strong sense of community - we all inspire and support each other.
What are your future aspirations?
I’m going to take a few years out of education to experiment with my practice (and earn some money!) before doing an MFA.
What is your artistic style?
I usually work in a minimalist, semi-abstracted style to produce pared down anthropomorphic and biomorphic forms. I prefer a muted colour palette; monochromes and earth tones are my favourite to work with.