The series of works in Kate Wallace’s Moving Still snatch moments in time from the restless circulation of city life. Using imagery familiar to every commuter,Moving Still adopts the train carriage as a device to frame fragments of everyday narrative. In Wallace’s hands, the public space of the train carriage – which is both moving and still – becomes a metaphor for the way we occupy the urban landscape, the way we ‘live, meet, move and communicate.’
Wallace’s small paintings have a hazy, dreamlike quality. They capture anonymous commuters in moments of quiet introspection. As the artist and her subjects share a moment in transit, Wallace’s intense observation draws out the strange intimacy of public space.