Bringing the Outside In

As well as architecture being a big influence in my work, the natural world also plays a very important role.  

I wanted to bring not only a representation of the building in, but also that of the surrounding environment.  The maple tree in Hendon Park was added to a list of London’s top trees by independent charity, Trees for Cities in 2008 so I decided to use maple leaves that I had collected as material to evoke the notion of falling leaves and the approach of autumn.



Where to Begin?

The irony of moving from a small corner space in one studio which I occupied for over a year to a much larger one for the short duration of a few months in preparation for the MA final major project and exhibition has not been lost on me.  It coincided with the onset of the phenomenon of ever shrinking studio space which is fast becoming a reality for many courses within the arts education system.

How do we then inhabit, work and adapt to the space which surrounds us? What sort of effect does it have on our work as creatives?

I wanted to hi-light this through material and site, what better way to start than with what was to hand, capturing traces of the unseen which were fast disappearing.



All images ©Kate Grimes


Inhabited Space


How do we inhabit, move through and interact with our surrounding space?

Do objects and materials themselves from a specific site have to remain in situ in order to be relative or can they move around freely and create an alternative narrative?

These pieces were made as a series of material tests to explore how to capture space and memory through material.


All images ©Kate Grimes



(Re)placed Outside


Altering the physicality of the work by placing it outside in the elements to record the furthering process of decay.

These pieces were placed in Richmond Park during Winter this year and revisited after a month. Most of them were still in place but, depending on where they were situated, some had all but disappeared entirely.  The last site was a particularly exposed area and only a few of the stalks remained.


All images ©Kate Grimes