3 September – 20 September 2014: Kat Weir – Come Close


Using high art and pop culture Kat Weir portrays stylistic representations of her peers.  Working as a professional Tattooist has impacted the way Weir sees culture. Tattoos are a rite of passage, a scar, a mask, and a badge to the owner. It is this idea of cultural signification in the form of tattooing that creates a unique bridge from the personal to the popular.

Taking root in the New York school of Pop Art, Weir takes contemporary cues from painters like Will Cotton and Kehinde Wiley. This contemporary and historical Realist style of portraiture helps convey a sense of flattened signification, and like tattooing can provide a cultural shield or “sign” on the skin of its author.

This body of work is corrupted by a secondary meaning; as the figures in the work are aligned to the familiar poses depicted in historical masterpieces, such as that of Millais and Freud. This familiarity functions to historicize the sitters and their inked bodies, equating their portraits and their artistic genre of tattoos to works from the canon.