As a visual artist my work is mainly  site specific.  My installations, sculptures and videos are grafted onto different aspects of contemporary city life. Architecture and urban development are therefore central themes in my oeuvre.

As an artist I take for example elements (a street map, a pavement, a front) out of their common urban context to integrate after different interventions into a new (artistic) environment by which a surprising and bewildering effect is created. Presented in a space these elements appear as desolate settings.

By adding light (from a lamp, a theatre spot, a projection or a video loop) I intensify this feeling of abandonment in my installations.

The contemporary city is my field of action, the identity of a town is what interests me. Although every city is a component of archetypical elements, it’s the unity as well as the differences of these components that make me want to start my investigations of a place. Especially the parts that, in daily live are overlooked, do get my attention.

Casting is the backbone of my way of working. The size of my work is therefore determined by the size of the original. To maintain a high quantity of details in the cast I choose to work with silicon moulds which I usually produce on the spot where I’ve found the subject (a curb, a drain cover,

a tree, …). 

I see this as a way to archive the city. It’s like taking photographs or making prints of the place. If these parts of the city don’t exist later on or

if they have been modified I’ll still have these prints as an archive of what’s once was. You can even say they are fingerprints of a place because I, in a way, show a part of its identity.

The used materials (clay, plaster, tinfoil, wax, …) are always chosen in terms of the deliberate outlook and atmosphere of the piece. It can have a reference to the original or differ completely in concept from it. My works look sober with a certain respect for the used materials.

In addition to these, more abstract patterns ( for example : red dots, concentric circles, street maps, indications) are introduced in my artistic work to give form to versatile concepts. The motifs I use can be found on maps for urban planning, in atlases and statistics.

My exhibitions are often a combination of different kinds of work in constant various arrangements. New layers of interpretation are added due to these interactions.



 

Katie Lagast