Ali II Art by Katharine Alecse
Ali II, Contemporary Art by Katharine Alecse printed on Giclée Hahnemühle German Etching.
I have always been interested in slight distortion of anatomy, having been inspired by all the great masters of distortion from Egon Schiele, Michelangelo, Norman Rockwell, John Currin and Modigliani and Alexander McQueen. Egon Schiele said he expresses his figures by showing the 'corpse beneath'. Though my models are real friends of mine, I have chosen to exaggerate their features to be more gaunt, longer necks and to have flamboyant barnets. I think when you slightly distort the mundane, you can see in a new light what was already there in plain sight. My figures are wrapped in fashion, with genuine diamond-studded eyes, self-conscious and weighed down by their heads but I think this only brings out their humanness and their similarities. Quite like tiles. Tiles for centuries have decorated the walls, floor, ceilings and temples of all cultures across the globe. While they have unique colours, motifs and sensibility, they all serve to repeat, all display the same rules of symmetry and all, when viewed together , reveal an overwhelming human similarity. These paintings were meant as a set, just as tiles tesselate. The background tile patterns were printed using a single tile block I designed from tiles all over the world.