Applied Pure Series

Photographic close up of ripples in water surface emanating from a single drop

Applied Pure at the MI

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

Photographic close up of ripples in water surface emanating from a single drop
"Drop | God"
2019
Digital enlargement of a photogram
Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
Diasec mounted under acrylic
92.3 x 92.3 cm

The Exhibition

Andrew Wiles Building, The Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

18 November – 6 December 2019


The exhibition consisted of a series of black and white, digitally enlarged photograms (photographic shadows), displaying the patterns of the natural phenomena found from a human's relationship with water and light.

The artwork was made for the mathematicians to meditate on the natural phenomena of water and light, in the light that it might inform and enlighten their understanding of nature.

The exhibition was paired with a Music & Light symbiotic event of the same name.

The artwork "Drop | God" is now in the permanent collection of the Mathematical Institute.

Gallery of Applied Pure series

Gallery of installation views

The scale of the artworks was made to fit the magnificent architecture of the Andrew Wiles Building, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects.

“Delicious.”
Martin Kemp, art writer, historian and leading authority on Leonardo Da Vinci.

Kate would like to thank all the sponsors for their contribution in making this venture possible.

Supporting logos: Arts Council England, Oxford Mathematics and University of Oxford, Oxford City Council, Torch: University of Oxford, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.
Arts Council England, Oxford Mathematics and University of Oxford, Oxford City Council, Torch: University of Oxford, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. Kate would also like to thank Anthony White, Mrs Mary Esslemont and the Tory Family Foundation for their generous financial contributions.

Thank you to all who contributed to this project: Louisa Love documentary photographer & art installation assistant, David Alderman artist’s assistant, photographer & art installation assistant, Mark Doyle technical assistance.

And much thanks to Prof. Balazs Szendroi, Art Curator and Mathematics Professor at the University of Oxford, who first saw Kate's photograms in the exhibition SURFACE in 2018 (curated by Nico Kos Earle) and invited her to be a resident artist.

This project is dedicated to the memory of Kate's great-grandfather, Sidney Edmund Beaugié bn. August 21, 1879, who achieved a double first in Mathematics and French at the University of Oxford in the early 1900s.