Let me be straight with you
In collaboration with Kate Royle. Beijing, 2009

Kate Royle and I share the same interests in terms of cultural studies, art and gender theory. During our residence in Beijing I have invited her into my studio to discover a way to use different disciplines as a means to intertwine each other’s art. We brought our individual experiences with performance and together benefited from the unpredictable. For this work I placed the spy camera on my chest to survey Kate while she was doing her sculptures and I was simultaneously working on my dissertation. We also decided to place a second camera bird’s eye view, which recorded the process of Kate doing the sculptures. We also decided to do a performance piece together, in which she built an installation of wire surrounding me in the form of a cocoon while I was writing. The choice of the material was intentional and represents our technological, and spatial limitations. The growth of the cocoon forced me into remaining in the same place and in front of my computer.
This mixture of different disciplines –for example, through Kate’s sculptural installations and my PhD dissertation and experiments with video – resulted in building dialogues.

Roberta Lima

About Kate Royle


After graduating in Interactive Arts from Manchester School of Art in 2008 Kate has co-ordinated Urbis Creatives Collective, organizing and curating their website launch and various exhibitions. She has produced a number of performative works as well as working in sculpture and installation and is interested in collaboration and its potential to challenge and affect the creative process.

Artist statement

Sensitivity to the environments in Kate Royle's work stems from growing up in different parts of the world. Kate is interested in the methods and concepts of the creative process. The majority of her most recent work incorporates performative processes in creating site-specific sculptural interventions, including outdoor weather-dependant works.

To investigate these ideas, rules and restrictions are intentionally employed by the artist. Creating work within a given amount of time, limited resources and materials or adapting sculptural work to a specific space are added pressures that all affect the spontaneity and unpredictability of the outcomes.

Sculpturally, Kate focuses on the concepts of natural vs. synthetic and draws influence from the body and organic forms.

Website www.kateroyle.com

Work can be seen on the Urbis Creatives (Collective)- www.urbiscreatives.org.uk


Sculptures: Kate Royle

Photographs: Roberta Lima