The representation of women by women in photography is crucial. Kate Rampling embraces this belief. Working predominantly in medium format film, Rampling’s works are dark, intuitive and attempt to connect to something primal and pure in nature.
Her style relates to the Expressionist and Symbolist movements which operated within a spiritual, suggestive and imaginative paradigm. Expressionists sought to express the meaning of emotional experience rather than the physical reality, while Symbolists used metaphorical and indirect imagery to represent absolute truths. Rampling’s photographs convey expansive themes such as the dichotomies of life; beauty, fear, power, weakness, spirituality versus everyday life.
As a feminist, Rampling’s practice also focusses on the female experience, insight and even the generalised anxiety that comes with it; exploring the inner world of women and elevating it from its place in the art history cannon from the bodily realm to the realm of spiritual.