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Katya Derksen

Inspired by architectural themes, geometric forms, colour and composition, Katya works across various creative disciplines including collage, painting, textiles and screen printing, demonstrating a bold, graphic and energetic experience. Space often defies the dimensions and materiality of the work, utilising the arrangement of lines and how they interact and affect one another through the experimentation of colour and composition, which are some of the fundamental aspects visualised through her work. As part of her research, Katya makes notes, sketches, photos and converts them into new ideas - her work reflects the effective use of minimal sentiment and engages with architectural and typographical structuring to break up and re-evaluate the visual space within her works.

The installations are composed of materials including acrylic, canvas, ceramic tiles, glass, paper, tape, thread and wood connecting aspects of daily life in urban environments and two and three - dimensional work.
The continuous lines allow for the transformation of the dynamics into an energetic space. Katya seeks to interrogate and inquire about space and relationships within it, the aesthetic as well as the functional.

Katya graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London in 2014, her interdisciplinary practice is inspired by architecture from Bauhaus to Brutalism, geometric forms, contrasting shapes, horizontal and vertical clear-cut lines, colour and composition. She has participated in numerous residencies and has exhibited internationally, including MAAS Ruimte voor Kunst, Nijmegen, Kimonos Art Center, Pafos, Galerie de l’Angle, Paris, Factory49, Sydney and MKII Studios, London. In 2022 Katya was selected by Hypha Studios in collaboration with Mason & Fifth for the Primrose Hill live in residency program and exhibition which a piece of artwork was donated to be part of their permanent art collection.


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