Katherine Rae Diemert (k.d.rae) is a visual artist based out of Hamilton, Canada. She makes art that explores our relationship to the natural and digital worlds. You can reach her at kdiemert@gmail.com

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Katherine Rae Diemert (k.d.rae) is a visual artist based out of Hamilton, Canada. She makes art that explores our relationship to the natural and digital worlds. You can reach her at kdiemert@gmail.com.



Florescence


Spring 2019
Mixed media, acrylic, ink, graphite, collage
Dimensions Variable
Solo show exhibited at Liberty Arts Gallery
Filed under ANALOG IMAGE


Vessel I, 32 x 32", mixed media

Florescence is a series of large-scale mixed media drawings of abstract, botanical-inspired forms. The word florescence refers to the process, state, or period of blooming or flowering, and can also be used to describe something that is thriving or flourishing.

I started this series in late wintertime, when we were only just beginning to feel the beginnings of spring. Going on walks through parks I saw the first buds beginning to emerge, and I thought about the things that had been hidden, held safe underground: seeds. How encouraging it was to see those green shoots push through after such a long winter, vulnerable and strong. I empathized with them.

In this series, I thought of seeds as having four parts: a shell that acts as a vessel (blue), holding nascent energy (red) safe until the right moment, a place where energy transmutes (black) and bursts into life and movement (yellow). I used this basic legend as a guide when creating the work.

Not every piece has each colour or form. Some of the pieces talk about that wintertime stasis, while others are about the moment of bursting, blooming. I imagine that they are a combination of magnified images of microscopic forms, labels and schematics by someone investigating this (and perhaps that was my role in this), attempting to make sense of this mysterious process of blooming. The process of making this series was not unlike the process they’re trying to illustrate: strange and a little weird, but ultimately joyous.

︎︎︎Vessel I, 36 x 36”, mixed media
︎︎︎Details of Vessel I


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