Kathryn Sawbridge is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her work explores various landscapes and scenes, stripping them back to their basic colour palettes without the details of a realistic image. Her pieces aim to encourage the viewer to look beyond the details and explore their environment on a deeper level, without the everyday distractions.
During her degree in Photography at the University of Wolverhampton, her work explored identity and obscurity, and how semiotics can give clues to obscured identity. During her Master’s in Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton, Sawbridge continued her exploration of building up of layers of identity and used dress patterns and materials to create life size installations to show the impact of families and other relationships on personality development.
Since university, her work has focused more on perceptions and making the viewer question what they think they see and what they actually see. Her approach to this was using photomontage that may at first appear normal, but the elements are taken from one context and reassembled in a new context; on closer examination the new scene becomes surreal, albeit having the outward look of reality.
Sawbridge was recently elected to the Birmingham Art Circle and is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. She is also a Member of Sutton Coldfield Society of Artists.