Betsey Kilpatrick (b. 1990, Leicester, UK) lives and works in London. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Painting at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London (2013), and continued to complete a Master's programme at the Royal College of Art. Recent exhibitions include Final Not Over at Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, Snapshot in the RCA Hockney Gallery and Soft touch, ASC gallery, London (2020).
My practice emerges, changing continuously, as a collection of unconscious drives. My work raises questions concerning completion and non-completion, a borderline between form and abstraction, floating between realms, offering space to contemplate the ‘not-there’ possibilities of painting. I like the idea that my paintings are breathing, something I cannot see, generating an indistinct sense or feeling of life within a two dimensional object.
I am interested in creating an essence to my work that offers a familiar sense of connection with nature, similar to water or organic forms, a moment caught in the midst of its own becoming, a movement or flow. Allowing motifs to appear is part of not being in control of the process. Paradoxes are present as there is both a feeling of movement and stillness in the paintings inviting the viewer to spend time with them. My images have a familiar appearance as satellite images from space or an underwater likeness. I aim to create an uncertainty in perception with the hope of finding a relationship with my own authentic self.
The work is a building-up of translucent layers of colour. Within these hidden depths a mood or sensation forms. Through my curiosity of paint and how it moves I expose and hide layers through a process of erasure. An entwinement of the physicality of paint and the experience of seeing.