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Katy Sudderick

Katy's practice is about the human body, specifically the internal anatomy. The intention is to abstract the abject and unseen into the opulent and beautiful. The translation intentionally retains an edge of the horrific to prevent complete loss of the repellent and thereby trespassing into the saccharine.

The research for her work involves observational drawings and photography of surgeons at work in the operating theatre. The use of precise drawing is retained in the paintings, and this cross references the history of anatomical drawing.

On top of the drawing a variety of materials are used such as spray paint, enamel, paper and fabric which she has embroidered. She then sews directly into the canvas. The paints are rubbed back and repeated to create obvious and hidden marks. This reflects the different matter within the internal body. The use of stitch is particularly important to the work, invoking the repair of the patient.

5cm deep canvas presents the painting as a three dimensional object which alludes to the presence of the body. The use of a canvas observes the language of fine art and removes possible associations of collage and stitch with craft.

Her work is held in public and private collections, including the V&A.

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Katy Sudderick, After Florence
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You Are So Beautiful
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Mixed media on canvas
100x75cm

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Katy Sudderick, After Florence
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Fabulous Success
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Mixed media on canvas
162x162cm

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Katy Sudderick, I Don't Know What to Think Yet
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I Don't Know What To Think Yet
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Mmixed media on canvas
156x101cm

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Katy Sudderick, After Florence
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Embroidery II
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Mixed media on canvas
detail

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Katy Sudderick, After Florence
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After Florence
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Mixed media on canvas
51x51cm

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Katy Sudderick, Do You Have Any Skeletons In The Cupboard
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Do You Have Any Skeletons In The Cupboard
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Mixed media on canvas
156x101cm

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  autumn 2010 exhibition

chalk hill (contemporary art
23 Chantry View Rd Guildford, GU1 3XW T: 01483 440638