What is there to say about Kathryn Macnaughton that her illustrations do not tell us. Her work is certainly surrealist. Polluted with mindless doodling, Macnaughton’s collage/pastels take non-sequitur twists that defy reason. Prominent in her works are the manifestations of the unconscious. Collage is an aptly used medium, for it allows Macnaughton to incorporate the worldly with the immaterial. The pastels heighten the dream-like sensation while the corporeal images root the viewer in reality. In all, it is a beautiful effect.
Consider her work entitled “Lars the Real Girl.” Obviously, she is alluding to the movie “Lars and the Real Girl,” a movie which discusses the blurring of the line that separates the real and the imaginary. This blurring is indicative of Macnaughton’s work as a whole, which is what make this work so poignant. The subject (Lars) compounds reality with unreality, much in the same way that Macnaughton does. In a sense, Lars and the viewer are one in the same, both undergo the same alteration of perception and neither is seemingly aware of it.
Anyway, you should check out her website: www.kathrynmacnaughton.com; it is full of goodies.