Kate Milsom - No Man's Land
28 February 2018 - 24 March 2018
Kate Milsom studied Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked as a designer at Raymond Loewy International and was a Course Tutor at Lambeth College before leaving London in the mid 1990s. After a period of exile in Venice where she developed her now distinctive style of ‘antique surrealism’, Kate moved to mid-Wales, where she now lives and works.
The idea behind the works in this exhibition is to celebrate remarkable people who have challenged gender stereotyping in order to live lives of adventure and professional discovery. The series features many women who have dressed as men to be able to pursue education or careers that would have been denied to them otherwise. Throughout history there are scores of women who have assumed male identities simply in order to survive financially. There are also literary women, such as Amy Dillwyn and Florence Dixie, who have used their own experiences to champion women’s rights. The series includes portraits of both men and women for whom gender identity was at best irrelevant and at worst significantly limiting to their ideas of personal freedom and sexuality. All are united by their disregard for societal norms – for a variety of reasons and to a greater or lesser extent – and they dressed accordingly. For many of these advocates of freedom and equality, ‘doing’ was far more important than personal recognition or social acceptance, the antithesis to our current ‘selfie’ generation.
Kate exhibits widely - her work has most recently been shown at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol and in London. She has an increasing following of private European collectors from France to Croatia. We are delighted to present this extraordinary group of works marking Kate's first exhibition at Martin Tinney Gallery.