Kate Dunn’s paintings are an expression of an active engagement with the material of paint. Responding to personal emotional states, her paintings are a gestural expression made in a fast and visceral manner, in which she regards the process of making itself as an “event”. Dunn encourages an active engagement with the work, both from herself as creator and from the viewer. She sets up a confrontation between the work and the viewer, through both scale and the shape of the support. Replicating the arch of an alter-piece, she references power dynamics in which the viewer finds themselves over-powered or in awe. However, instead of finding themselves contemplating religious imagery, the viewer is confronted by the visceral impact of the abstract play of paint, which communicates the emotional expression of the maker herself.