In her attempt to navigate subjects to which we have an “emotional response,” Katie Cuddon leaves us with a visible document of her tumultuous treading of the sentimentally intangible. To put it another way, Cuddon’s work takes the inward human turmoil we all feel at times and expresses it outwardly. Her work will require a bit more of the viewer because it comes from deep within, but it is definitely worth the investment.
(Katie Cuddon, Installation shot: "I no longer know what the money is", 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Alma Enterprises, London.)
The sculpture located in the corner of the gallery draws you towards it as you try to discern its exact shape and placement. It is almost as if the entire weight of the empty gallery space has daunted this piece into submission as it lurks in the corner, cold and afraid, waiting for the right moment to surrender or to disappear back into the nether regions of the soul that convoked it.
Cuddon’s surface treatment is the most intriguing part of her work. You can see how these pieces are worked and reworked, “pummeled” into shape like a fragment of a thought that you just can’t grasp but must make sense of just the same.
(Katie Cuddon, Detail from the installation "I no longer know what the money is", 2010, painted wood, pencil on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Alma Enterprises, London.)
In the center of the gallery is a projector that displays over a hundred drawings that are shown at a dizzying rate which I refer to as Visual ADD. It’s as if the images are battling with your eyes for dominance of your “train of thought.” The screen is your window on this voyage and the projector is conducting you through an allegorical terrain and just when you think you’re on track you find that her images have hi-jacked your attention, derailing any attempts of your reaching a destination; this is Katie’s train and you’re her passenger.
(top image: Katie Cuddon, Detail from the installation "I no longer know what the money is", 2010, fired clay and acrylic. Courtesy of the artist and Alma Enterprises, London.)