Chaos and Thread



(Lisa Batts)




C.A.T. is interested in visually exploring the inner rooms of our mind that hold our darkest meditations - bound and locked away - eternally protected. The social condition that dictates we only reveal what is deemed acceptable by society's unspoken dictum is cross-examined and questioned.  The concept that shadow energies exist internally and provide a natural contrast between the notion of darkness and light influence C.A.T.s' work.   
The need for breathing space and freedom amongst the chaos of life is another theme visually depicted in C.A.T.'s work.​​    Paul Klees statement that "art does not reflect what is seen, rather it makes the hidden visible", is influential to C.A.T.s' work and often in the forefront of her process.

Investigations into unlocking the hidden parts of oneself and exploring how to communicate these visually leads C.A.T. on a personal journey to understand the essence of self.  

The Vienna Secession has  been a relevant movement to C.A.T.s' own practice.  By giving applied art equal standing and value to purely painted works has given C.A.T. the freedom to experiment and not under-value her own works.  By balancing both the pure paint element of her works and the almost hand-craft element of her thread-work, C.A.T.  has endeavoured to give each component equal merit and meaning, without one dominating the other.


Appealing to both the need for limitless spontaneity coupled with the need for some semblance of order, C.A.T.'s process is her enabler to freedom. The unihibited self and the esoteric self are represented by loose and free paintwork controlled by meditative threadwork. A feeling of safety and security is mentally and visually felt as areas of paintwork are covered and/or boxed in by thread.  The uninhibited is left exposed and the esoteric hidden away.  The simple square as a visual reference to the esoteric shadow self, is often found in C.A.T.'s work.

 As a process driven artist, C.A.T. enjoys experimenting with a combination of paint, ink and thread.  Her paintwork often embodies a fabric like quality as it is removed  from one surface to another and handstitched and/or adhered into place.  

Living close to the sea and has influenced her colour palette and you will often find a range of blues in her work interspursed with bright colours.
Work is either floating in a solid background of colour or anchored by watery images of the female form, barely distinguishable but adding an essence of the artists feminine self.   Loose inkwork is also appearing in a new body of work, giving this abstract work a darker aesthetic. 


Throughout her life,  C.A.T. has been creating and exploring her artistic side.  From illustration, design, abstract painting, and stitching  she demostrates the exploration of a variety of mediums and processes. Her love for fine art has always been the constant in her life.  

C.A.T. formalised her artistic practice at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design achieving high merit in her undergraduate Certificate in Foundation and Certificate of Arts and Design.

C.A.T.s' background is based in illustration, however she has now evolved her practice into pure abstraction, driving her need for self-expression without the constraints of reality.

CA.T.  creates out of her studio in Auckland, New Zealand.  Living close to the city but with easy access to New Zealands beautiful beaches and native bush, provides C.A.T. with the necessary juxtaposition of relaxation and excitement.

 Apart from creating artistic expressions, C.A.T enjoys spending time outdoors, embracing the various seasons - that often arrive all in one day in New Zealand;  reading, walking and meditating.  Music also plays an important part in her creative process, evoking moods and emotions while developing work in her studio.  She enjoys an eclectic range of music that changes depending on the development of her artwork and the direction it is going.

Choas and Thread, 2017. ' Waterfall Pool".  Acrylic paint, foil/metallic thread on canvas.  60cm x 45cm.  Auckland, New Zealand. (Held in private collection - Chateau Orquevaux, Orquevaux, France).
Chaos and Thread, 2017. 'Self-Portrait - Done". Acrylic paint, watercolor, foil/cotton thread on canvas.  76cm x 105 cm.  Auckland, New Zealand.

"Art is a line around your thoughts"
Gustave Kilmt
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