“…burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge. In another moment, down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Colour, texture, repetition, rhythm, and balance have always been tools of self-regulation for Katherine Duclos, a way of slowing down or quieting her constantly running inner machine. As a child, full days were spent creating large floor mosaics with pattern blocks that her mother wasn’t allowed to clean up. Hours passed while creating intricate designs in notebooks and patterns with anything she had. Arranging, lining up, externalizing her internal order-composition was her earliest means of control and autonomy and it is still where she returns when life is placing too much out of her hands.
This show is an ode to following curiosity, materials, and ideas wherever they may go, without expectations. Each group of work satisfies a different part of Katherine Duclos’ neurodivergent, impulsive, inattentive, yet hyper-focused brain, as she responds to different material tangents and “what if” questions. To only pose one question at a time, to answer only one, with one material or process seems impossible in the face of infinite colour interactions. She states, “I cannot possibly follow through on all of my ideas at once.” But this exhibition represents her earnest attempt to set fewer limits on her creativity and follow the “colour rabbit hole” where it leads.