Mackay uses the process of painting to build shape and form but also allowing for the calculated element of chance spontaneity and flux. This results in a wealth of colour and pattern which although chaotic and consuming offers a new quiet discourse.
Kirsty is influenced by Eva Hesse who obsessively worked with ephemeral materials hoping to find perfection and Georgia O`Keffe who painted the natural world encouraging meditative contemplation.
Although the work involves an understanding of the materials and its properties the combination of controlled manipulation juxtaposed with the uncontrollable reveals an abstracted but often recognisable colour field.
“ the paintings allow me to lose myself and I hope to offer the viewer this opportunity also ”