Humans and gatherings nearly always form the genesis of Caroline’s work; ostensibly comforting environments that may conceal tensions and detachment. Most will be unrecognisable as such on completion, and some of her most recent work excludes the human element entirely, examining the residue of man’s presence; notions of displacement and possession – burden or treasure?
The title alludes to “The Rime of The Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Albatross being a term used to describe a form of millstone or burden, often self-imposed. Large canvases are completed unstretched on the wall or floor, though recently she has been working on smaller substrates, or surfaces where she can scarify and gouge into layers.
Over the last five years Caroline has had an ongoing personal challenge to deconstruct her work, moving away from prescribed, illustrative methods in favour of a more visceral, physical, and subjective approach; some pieces hung, drawn, painted and quartered, only to be reconstructed with collage, stitch or other means.
Caroline Yates continues to carve out her place as one of the leading modern British painters working today and we are thrilled to be showing her latest collection.