Kate Boucher trained at Chelsea School of Art in the early 1990s, graduating from West Dean College with a Master of Fine Art (Distinction) in 2016. She was awarded a prestigious QEST Scholarship in 2015 and was the Edward James Scholar in 2016. Kate Boucehr is now a regular teacher at West Dean College.
Her work has been exhibited with that of David Nash RA, Alice Kettle and Tai Shan Schierenberg and is held in the collection of The Edward James Foundation, alongside works by Leanora Carrington, Salvador Dali and René Magritte.
Boucher’s evocative charcoal and pastel works are created in response to landscapes that are in some way, transitional. These landscapes are recorded in the liminal states of twilight and daybreak, where the separation seems thinner between the real, the sensed and the remembered.
Boucher responds to these landscapes through a drawing and making practice, exploring this tension between the sensed and the known. She immerses herself in her chosen landscapes, inhabits them, travels through them, on repeated and habitual routes, recording her complex responses to that landscape through intense study, habitual practices and serial working.
“In experiencing places, we simultaneously encounter two closely related but different landscapes. The one lying beneath our feet and extending to the far horizon is a real landscape… The other is the perceived landscape, consisting of sensed and remembered accounts.” Richard Muir