In this exhibition Caroline Yates’ work ranges from changeable, picnicking landscapes to lavishly, loaded lunches, a kind of metaphor for life’s precariousness and aspirations. A perpetual theme in her work, she continues to observe rituals and ceremonies, extended families and ‘mingling’; comforting environments that may reveal tensions, detachment and distance, or illustrate transient tropes and formalities.
All the canvases were completed unstretched on the floor or wall; produced in a more intuitive and visceral way. Caroline has resumed an ongoing personal challenge to deconstruct her work, something she has been doing over the last four or five years. Indeed, some have literally been hung, drawn, painted and quartered, only to be reconstructed as multiple panels or fused with stitch - fractured and disparate stories darned back into focus.
Henry Beesley, September 2020