La Petite Mort is a series of richly coloured still life oil paintings depicting dead birds with flowers.
Painted by Kate Knight, an artist based in Kent, UK, they aim to express the aesthetics of desire, sex and death. Embedded beneath the layers or paint are scars and scratches, flaws from the process of making.
Kate says, “These marks are exposed, a contradiction is communicated. The ground, colour, composition, forms a series of painterly graphic signs aim to evoke a narrative whether epic or fleeting and this implied narrative helps me guide idea with process.”
Kate studied for a BA in Fine Art Painting at Chelsea College of Art and design and was selected as the runner up for the Marmite Prize for Painting 2010.