Desperate Smooches and Kebab Emotions: The hen-do painting of Kate Ducker
by Tenaya Steed
Before white dresses, pristine bouquets, and crying Grandmas - there are messy nights out in L plates and mornings after so dire they spark collective cries of NEVER DRINKING AGAIN. This carnivalesque debauchery is summed up perfectly by the paintings and monoprints of Illustrator Kate Ducker in her visual exploration into UK hen party culture. Kate is devoted to capturing the art of hen-do’s, an obsession that's granted her secret access into forbidden Facebook albums, and prompted her own tribute hen-do act staged through the streets of Liverpool. She paints all our kebab emotions in her hilarious satire on raucous consumerism, always with real affection for female-only traditions and the comradery between women getting dressed up together. Kate’s series tells of big heels, big hearts, and big blow-up penis’s; and she tells it all with the bold colours, crude lines, and unapologetic mess that make up any good night out.