Artist’s Notebook:
Kate Wilson

March 17, 2014 | Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished piece. This week, Kate Wilson, talks about the Swiss and celestial inspirations of her Geometric Mechanics series for WAG — “a mini 3-dimensional, single room gallery that fits into people’s pocket.”

In 2012, I began working on a series of drawings inspired by geometry titled Geometric Mechanics. In 2013, Chiara Passa commissioned a GIF version for the Widget Art Gallery.

My previous animations consisted of three short films produced using Dragronframe stop motion software. Thanks to Chiara’s invitation, the GIF world beckons.

When I made my geometric drawings and animations digital, it opened up a whole other plane of options.

My inspirations include architectural plans, images of space debris…

celestial forms…

chemistry diagrams…

……and the graphic design of Erik Nitsche…

…the Swiss born designer considered by many to be one of the pioneers of modern design.

Geometric Mechanics, created for the WAG, is a small-contained architecture where the invisible elements that hold everything together collide, merge, disappear and reappear.


In May, Kate Wilson is participating in the Ontario College of Art & Design University Digital Painting Atelier in Toronto.

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