The University of Hertfordshire Galleries is delighted to present Written in the Corners of Streets; a solo exhibition by Katie Aggett.
Aggett, who is a Slade School of Art graduate and short-listed for this year's RA Summer Exhibition, won the prestigious Eastern Approaches open exhibition last year. This definitive regional showcase for emerging artistic talent (organised by UH Galleries) offers a solo exhibition as its prize to the winning artist. Since winning in December 2013, Aggett has developed a new body of work that boldly suggests architectural movement through form and line within the gallery space at St Albans Museum.
A previous winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize's Student Award, Aggett's practice sits between the fields of sculpture and drawing and has a fluid understanding of the relationship between 2 and 3 dimensional practice. All her work shares the materials, line and motion of drawing. Her sculptural work is purposeful and robust, charred like charcoal. The drawings on paper use bold charcoal silhouettes intertwined with delicate ink line.
She is interested in changing architecture and city spaces, particularly the clash of rapid developments and compressed urban environments. Taking forms and materials inspired by these altering spaces we inhabit, Aggett explores how the 'scars' in the city's fabric capture growth and change.
Through its use of vectors and line, Aggett's work routes the speed of change in dense urban developing spaces with the weathered materials of charcoal, wood and clay. Gridded cities and many generations of architecture are compressed to create new, unified, individual identities.
Katie Aggett graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art, University of London (2012). Her artistic practice has been gaining national recognition through several recent awards and projects, including: winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize's Student Award (2012), winner of Eastern Approaches (2013) and winner of the UCL Roberts Building Digital Mural Commission (2011). She was re-commissioned to design major public artwork for University College London's Bernard Katz Building (2013). Since 2012 Katie Aggett has been Artist in Residence at Queenswood School, Hatfield. Further, she has built a body of work that has been developed with the Foundry Gallery, Barbican ArtsTrust, UKYA (2012-2013) and is short-listed for the Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy (2014).