‘Wal Pawb’ is an annual commission of six artworks displayed across two Tri-Vision billboards within Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham’s flagship market designed by Featherstone and Young. The market also houses Wrexham’s contemporary art space, Oriel Wrexham. Katie was the inaugural artist to be invited to create artworks for the walls which were installed in March 2018 after a 6-month period of developing work within her studio and in Wrexham itself where she held workshops with local school children and engaged market tradesmen and visitors in the creative process.
“When we talk freely….” was commissioned by Newcastle University to coincide with The Great Exhibition of the North in 2018. The ceramic sculpture, Katie’s first created for an exterior environment, was situated in the University’s Old Quadrangle outside the Hatton Gallery. The female figure-cum-creature stands with her arms upstretched in a triumphant pose. The absence of any head suggests that we are not encountering a particular individual, but a body that might represent a more universal group of people. It responds to its surrounding environment in that the Old Quadrangle is made up of University buildings that through name, and the housing of existing artworks, celebrate male patriarchy.