Kate Linforth b. 1972 lives and works in Kent, UK. She graduated
with First Class BA honours in Fine Art from the University of Kent in 2013.
Linforth is best known
for her sculptural works which are made from a unique method she has devised by
manipulating wax with other materials. Harnessing the ancient Greek
technique of ‘enkaustikos’ – literally meaning ‘to burn in’, layers upon layers
of molten wax are painted within a gleaming split orb or onto hand shaped ply,
and burnished with a blow torch. The result is a distinctive mottled landscape
reminiscent of elemental forms of attrition. The metamorphic properties of wax
appeals to Linforth’s enquiring nature. Through constant experimentation
Linforth has discovered ways of manipulating her chosen medium to create forms
that mirror those found in the natural world. Where possible, local
beeswax is used creating a perfume so irresistible that bees from nearby hives
visit the studio. The most well-known encaustic paintings are the Fayum Mummy
Portraits of the Greco-Egyptians. Despite being over 2000 years old they
exist today in museums withstanding the tests of time with minimal cracking and
discolouration. The technique saw a resurgence in the 20th century at the hands
of Jasper Johns, Diego Rivera and James Ensor.
include ‘Life.Death.Whatever’ Sutton House (National Trust), Hackney, London;
SummerSalon, Martyrs Gallery, Lewes, Sussex; she was the winner of The Kent
Creative Award for 3D Work.
Alice Black 2017