Kate Buckley

Buckley researched her most recent work in Denmark and Norway, visiting the Viking Ship Museum at Roskilde, a graveyard of boat shaped graves at Lindholm Hoje and the Oseberg and Gokstad ships in Oslo. The powerful symbolism of Viking ship burials particularly captivated her interest.  As she worked on her artworks she became more interested in the balance and weight of the vessels. Some became mathematical, with crescents and arcs masquerading as ships. Others have long oars and weights to steady the vessel and keep it on course. In most of the images the ship is travelling towards the viewers, pulling you into the viewing space. The ship and its context are described in monotones, the cargo in colour, the most precious of which is gold.