Kate Groobey’s figures are often pictured as if dancing or exercising. Their strangely contorted bodies suggest movement and an exaggerated flexibility. If their poses seem impossible, it’s because they are: these bodies have been reconfigured several times. Groobey begins each figure as a line drawing, made from life studies, drawn from magazines or sometimes from her own imagination. These drawings are developed as watercolour paintings, which Groobey cuts up, reassembles, and repaints. This process is repeated until Groobey is satisfied with the image. The small study is then translated as a large-scale oil painting to create the finished work. In works such as The Cutting Mat the green background and grid reference the cutting board in her studio.

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