KATHERINE PERRINS / Washing
These works are part of a current series examining tensions between the 'Still' and 'Life' of the Everyday
Oil on Canvas
The domestic spaces we inhabit and the everyday rituals that occur within them are the focus of Katherine Perrins’ paintings. Produced in series, her still life works provide an investigation of domestic interiority. Her current project explores the experience of maternity leave after the birth of her first child. A soft, muted, palette creates images that are deeply still and quiet; paint is a tool to examine the overlooked. Here are areas where things have come undone or been abandoned; half drunk coffee cups, dust under the table, scattered children’s toys.
Central to Perrins’ practice is an interest in the still life. Following Norman’s Bryson’s influential essay, “Still life and ‘feminine Space”, her work questions the historical legacy of the banality of the still life genre, arguing these quotidian items and spaces, still so often ‘owned’ by women and mothers, deserve more of our attention.