In this series of drawings Katka explores the theme of proverbial wisdom. A proverb is a simple and concrete saying popularly known and repeated, which expresses a truth based on common sense or the practical experience of mankind. They are often metaphorical and some date back to Roman times. Katka’s work examines the ability of the proverb to connect human experience across generations, despite cultural and geographical differences.
Following the narrative tradition, Katka has recreated these pearls of wisdom using animals, objects and plants from her own environment. Technique and content are given equal importance as she explores the play between the physical mark on paper and the idea it embodies.
The Dutch masters have influenced Katka’s work, especially Vermeer’s quiet paintings depicting the everyday lives of families in their homes. Her subject matter focuses on everyday household objects such as the reflection of a spoon in a coffee pot. She aims to capture the viewer’s attention, magnify that moment and reveal its grandeur, drawing attention to the significance of the here and now.