Catriona MacKenzie’s Early Career & Inspiration
In 2019, she completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal Drawing School (London), having already achieved an MA in Fine Art (Painting) at Edinburgh College of Art (University of Edinburgh). A devoted Christian, Catriona is inspired by Judeo-Christian literature - most notably the Book of Job - and the rich history of Christ. From this stance, she explores the many ways in which what it means to be human has changed over time and how the truths of the Christian view of humanity shape her creative practice.
Catriona made the drawing PIFA - pastoral symphony, a spiralling blend of ink, charcoal, soft pastel and watercolour crayon on paper, in direct response to an instrumental section in Handel’s Messiah. Catriona took to the canvas blindfolded, letting the music and her artistic intuition guide her, “uninhibited by the regulating influence of the eyes”. These experimental endeavours are a testament to Catriona’s brave and curious approach to modern expressionism.