Kate Daudy

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Kate Daudy (Born 19 November 1970) is a British artist who lives and works in London. Her work is inspired by an ancient Chinese literati tradition of inscribing poems on to objects.[1]

Wedding Dress by Kate Daudy

Her technique involves composing or carefully selecting poetry that reflects or contrasts with the nature of the object of her choosing.[2] The letters that form these poems are cut from felt fabric and applied in different techniques, depending on the object.[3] Through her scholarly examination of the memory of objects Daudy explores concepts of communication and language, spirituality, solitude and East/West relations.[4]

Themes[edit]

The concept of writing on objects originates to the beginning of Chinese civilization, when tortoise shells and scapulae were used to predict the future. These ‘oracles bones’ would go through a process of being burnt in the dying embers of a fire then in accordance with how the bones and shells cracked Chinese shaman would foresee the future and subsequently write what they had predicted on those shells.[5] This was particularly prevalent in the Shang Dynasty(1600-1046 BC).[6] The calligraphic writing or inscribing of poems onto objects became an elevated art form in itself, perpetuated by the ruling Emperors, who would compose poems to be inscribed onto paintings or works of art of special significance to them.[7]

By perpetuating this literary tradition as a contemporary plastic art form Kate Daudy’s work has brought these ancient concepts even back to mainland China itself, where the tradition had been lost. Daudy uses words of her own composition as well as other poems from varied sources such as Verlaine and Anne Sexton, to Pink Floyd lyrics.[8]

Career[edit]

Her first show “Written in Water” (2009) with Grant White at the Galerie Marie Victoire Poliakoff [9] in Paris examined the memories associated with items of clothing, inscribing vintage dresses with poems that reflected their identity. Le Figaro compared Daudy's and White's work to that of Jean Cocteau and Elsa Schiaparelli.[10]

Yellow Mountains, Red Letters exhibited at Bonham's London 2010 [11] featured her calligraphic works on photographs by Chinese art specialist Daniel Eskenazi.

Night Shining White by Han Gan (Tang Dynasty)
"Night Shining White" by Han Gan (Tang Dynasty)

A committed peacenik, her most celebrated work, the "War Dress" was commissioned by the Southbank Centre, London for the Poetry International festival.[12] It featured Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est' inscribed in khaki letters down the train of a wedding dress.

She has since collaborated with Lemn Sissay, Glyndebourne Opera, Yang Lian,House of Voltaire[6], Grant White, the Southbank Centre, Poetry International, Rufus Wainwright and other artists and poets including the Icelandic singer Björk.[13] Her work features in museums and major private collections throughout the world.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Kate is married to the French economist Clément Daudy (son of Philippe Daudy and Marie-Christine Goüin) by whom she has three children.[15] They live in London and at Royaumont Abbey in France where the foundation Goüin's family created makes them widely influential, particularly in the fields of music and contemporary dance.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Intelligence Squared Contributor 'Kate Daudy on the importance of objects at 5X15', 'Intelligence Squared', September 27, 2010, accessed 4 September 2011
  2. ^ Michael Hoppen Contributor “Kate Daudy and Daniel Eskenazi”, "Michael Hoppen Contemporary", accessed on 4 September 2011
  3. ^ Michael Hoppen Contributor “Kate Daudy and Daniel Eskenazi”, "Michael Hoppen Contemporary", accessed on 4 September 2011
  4. ^ Intelligence Squared Contributor “Kate Daudy on the importance of objects at 5X15”, "Intelligence Squared", September 27, 2010, accessed 4 September 2011
  5. ^ Morton, G “Lemn Sissay and Kate Daudy”(video file), "5X15", accessed4 September 2011
  6. ^ Skyswright, V, “Daniel Eskenazi and Kate Daudy Present Selling Exhibition of Their Collaborative Work at Bonhams”, "BONHAMS 1793" accessed 4 September 2011
  7. ^ Skyswright, V, “Daniel Eskenazi and Kate Daudy Present Selling Exhibition of Their Collaborative Work at Bonhams”, "BONHAMS 1793" accessed 4 September 2011
  8. ^ Walker, Harriet “Poetry in motion: The guerrilla wordsmiths bringing a literary touch to vintage chic” "The Independent" accessed 4 September 2011
  9. ^ A. Bavelier, A. Bellon, E. Frois, A. Grandjanin, A. Héliot, T. Hilleriteau, C. Monsatir, O. Nuc, S.de Santis, MN.Tranchant, V. Sasportas “Summer in Paris What to do during the second half of July?” "Le Figaro", accessed 4 September 2011
  10. ^ A. Bavelier, A. Bellon, E. Frois, A. Grandjanin, A. Héliot, T. Hilleriteau, C. Monsatir, O. Nuc, S.de Santis, MN.Tranchant, V. Sasportas “Summer in Paris What to do during the second half of July?” "Le Figaro", accessed 4 September 2011
  11. ^ Skyswright, V, 'Daniel Eskenazi and Kate Daudy Present Selling Exhibition of Their Collaborative Work at Bonham', 'BONHAMS 1793' accessed 4 September 2011
  12. ^ Skyswright, V, “Daniel Eskenazi and Kate Daudy Present Selling Exhibition of Their Collaborative Work at Bonhams”, "BONHAMS 1793" accessed 4 September 2011
  13. ^ Skyswright, V, “Daniel Eskenazi and Kate Daudy Present Selling Exhibition of Their Collaborative Work at Bonhams”, "BONHAMS 1793" accessed 4 September 2011
  14. ^ Skyswright, V, “Daniel Eskenazi and Kate Daudy Present Selling Exhibition of Their Collaborative Work at Bonhams”, "BONHAMS 1793" accessed 4 September 2011
  15. ^ Walker, Harriet “Poetry in motion: The guerrilla wordsmiths bringing a literary touch to vintage chic” "The Independent" accessed 4 September 2011
  16. ^ royaumont.com [1] accessed 21 September 2011

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