Intimate in tone and subject matter, Kathy Prendergast’s practice encompasses various media, often combining drawing, sculpture and installation. What might appear minimal or elusive at first glance can encompass a complex web of emotional, personal and political resonances. Proximate to the body and connecting subjective reflections on the world, her work explores a potent cluster of issues including power, identity, landscape, memory, geography, family and the female body. A connection between the body and landscape, often manifested through mapping, can be traced back to the beginning of her practice and expresses wonderment at the world as well as quietly addressing topical issues. Often using redaction or removal as a device, creating negative space through black ink or white paper, the artist uses acts of erasure to dismantle or overwrite power structures. Prendergast points out the subjectivity of maps, their inherent colonialism, and the ultimate fragility of border and territory over time expressed on a cosmic scale. Though delicate, fragile and usually on a human scale, her works also point towards the infinite – suggesting the vastness of space or the constellations of the sky. Prendergast’s work is also marked by its methodical nature, labour- and time-intensive, and the product of slow, repetitive processes requiring precision and devotion. Faithful to mark-making, drawing and hand-crafting as well as the revelatory potential of sparking unfamiliar connections with everyday objects, her work is enigmatic, eerily beautiful and emotionally resonant.
Kathy Prendergast lives and works in London.