Kathleen McKay is a sculptor who works broadly on the imagination and the persistent unities it produces. Making these phenomena as they exist – full but yet not realised – in the imagination, tests the veracity of this faculty and the position of sculpture therein. The state of those works is predominately that of being bound; this was the subject of her PhD thesis.
Before gaining her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, McKay read first Architecture and then History of Art at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Recent exhibitions and awards include South by South West, the story of art in south west Scotland 1780-2008 at the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, a 2014 solo exhibition at Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh, Letters, 2015, The Council Room, Strand Building, London, On Dedication, 2016, Corridor Space, Amsterdam, and the RSA John Kinross scholarship to Florence.
In 2016 she co-founded the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts, a multi-disciplinary initiative based at King’s College London, which supports work linking philosophy and theology with the visual arts; both with respect to contemporary practice and existing aesthetic theory. The centre is committed to establishing long-term collaborations across multiple formats, including exhibitions, symposia, and co-authored publications.