Kate Linforth

Kate Linforth b. 1972 lives and works in Kent, UK. She graduated with First Class BA honours in Fine Art from the University of Kent in 2013.

Linforth is best known for her sculptural works which are made from a unique method she has devised by manipulating wax with other materials. Harnessing the ancient Greek technique of ‘enkaustikos’ – literally meaning ‘to burn in’, layers upon layers of molten wax are painted within a gleaming split orb or onto hand shaped ply, and burnished with a blow torch. The result is a distinctive mottled landscape reminiscent of elemental forms of attrition. The metamorphic properties of wax appeals to Linforth’s enquiring nature. Through constant experimentation Linforth has discovered ways of manipulating her chosen medium to create forms that mirror those found in the natural world. Where possible, local beeswax is used creating a perfume so irresistible that bees from nearby hives visit the studio. The most well-known encaustic paintings are the Fayum Mummy Portraits of the Greco-Egyptians. Despite being over 2000 years old they exist today in museums withstanding the tests of time with minimal cracking and discolouration. The technique saw a resurgence in the 20th century at the hands of Jasper Johns, Diego Rivera and James Ensor.

Recent exhibitions include: ‘Becoming and Dissolving’ Alice Black Gallery, London ‘Life.Death.Whatever’ Sutton House (National Trust), Hackney, London; Summer Salon, Martyrs Gallery, Lewes, Sussex; she was the winner of The Kent Creative Award for 3D Work.