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FLOATING POTATOES

Updated: Jul 14, 2018


Last year while living in Hobart, Tasmania, I was commissioned by Jericho Road Clothing to create a painting to be used in their Winter 2018 Collection. Floating Potatoes was the result of this collaboration. The unique name was coined by a young art critic I met during a street art festival in Toowoomba a few years ago. People have very different reactions when confronted with my painted shapes. The most common reaction is for people to try to give the shapes meaning. I hear a lot of "That one looks like a..." and "They remind me of..." This impulse to name the shapes gives insight into what each person relates to. Other "answers"I have been given are "animals, cells, bacteria, letters, numbers, paint blobs, people, aliens, dildos, worms, plants, and of course, potatoes.


Labelling our surroundings is how we make sense of the world around us and the people we share it with. When designing my shapes I aim for them to look like nothing. This is apparently impossible as my version of nothing is always going to be someone else's version of something; even if it is imaginary rainbow floating potatoes.


The limited pieces can be purchased here:


https://www.jerichoroadclothing.com.au/collections/retail



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© Katie Whyte 2020. Visual Artist. Mural Painter.  Arts Consultant. Toowoomba and surrounding region, South West Queensland Australia. 

I acknowledge and pay respect to the Giabal and Jarowair peoples, the traditional custodians of the land on which I live and create.