Kate Eggleston-Wirtz

Bio: I am an American multi-disciplinary artist formally trained as an illustrator who has lived in England for over twenty years. Storytelling is at the heart of all my work often combining visual imagery with original poetry. I have worked in various aspects of the visual arts for over thirty years exhibiting worldwide. Over the years I have become a specialist in playfully telling stories with objects through my imaginative 3-D assemblage art bringing together history, memory and symbolism, likened to visual poetry. The participatory arts has also been an integral part of my creative practice. Clients have included: Manchester Museum, The Whitworth, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Lancashire County Council Museums Service, Blackpool Council and the Grundy Art Gallery.

Website: https://eggwirtz.com

Instagram: @Eggwirtz

This digital work takes elements from 3rd April black & white image.
Two yellow hands connect in the middle with fingers turned out.
Animal silhouettes are in the middle of the palms and other decorative 
shapes. Two black snakes meet in the middle above the hands.
Placed on a salmon-coloured background with sage and purple shapes and
hearts. I’ve responded to the image in poetry: 

Everything Bright
Hands unfolding in summer salmon grass
like petals on roses opening wide 
a window to you and everything bright,
love as our lamplight makes everything right.

Everything Bright

This digital work follows on from the 15th April black & white image.
 On an orange background, two pairs of hands emerge from water 
mirrored top to bottom. In the middle at bottom, a large snake moves 
upwards leading into a large yellow canary in centre with four other flying up
getting smaller. I’ve responded to the imagery in text:

Waiting
Spring from darkness and desert sand we come
calling wet covered in sweat arriving
tired but hopeful stepping over snakes,
waiting for yellow canaries to sing.

Waiting

This black and white digital image takes elements from 
3rd, 5th & 11th April’s imagery. Two pairs of hands emerge from
the water mirrored top to bottom. In the middle at bottom, 
a large snake points upwards leading into a dove in centre
with four others going upwards getting smaller. I’ve responded
to the imagery in text:

One and All
Encircled rise above below the waves
we reach to catch the healing waters fall
into One’s arms to seek the lighted path
along canal transforming one and all.

One and All

This black and white digital image takes elements from 
5th & 11th April’s imagery. A pair of hands emerge from
the water. In the middle of the hands at bottom are 
Two doves rising into black sky dots or stars. Floating in 
the sky is the poem:

If I could make anything it would be
something to catch us
whenever we fall
or something when caught,
would freely release
a something to heal,
something for peace.

If I could make anything it would be

This digital image follows on from 12 April’s imagery.
The square image is split into four squares: mustard yellow, 
orange, sage green and salmon. In each square is a 
partial image of the same hand reflected side to side,
top to bottom creating two hearts. I have also responded
to the image with text. 

Window Panes
Four corners of the universe make plain
hands merge into a double act reflect
two hearts in window panes on either side
the blinds are open, fine lines intersect.

Window Panes

Working digitally this is a follow on from 8 April’s imagery.
Two partial large hands are at the top coming in from the 
side, index fingers touch. A tree is in the background with
a heart shining through the middle. The trunk emerges
from flowers in the middle of an eye shape with people
dancing around. An orange and yellow colour scheme. 
I have responded to the image in text:

Garden’s Love
She springs to life touched by earthly delights, 
a pillar standing strong - from birds-eye view
see fiery dance heated licking flames, 
reflecting garden’s love light shining through.

Garden's Love

Working digitally this is a follow on from 10 April’s imagery. 
In the centre is a heart and flowers surrounding it. Silhouettes
of people rise from the flowers, whilst four birds fly north.
Larger figure comes from the left reaching up towards a heart. 
The imagery is reflected both left and right and top to bottom. 
I have responded to the image through text:

Freedom
In the night garden under the red moon
tiger people dance and sing joyfully
leaving space, reflecting on these moments
when, like caged birds released we are set free.

Freedom

I’ve worked digitally, a follow on from 9 April’s spontaneous drawing on black paper.
Under a night sky, an explosion of colourful flowers at bottom. Four figures emerge
reaching for hearts. A river flows downwards in background. A large partial figure
reaches from left upwards. Large heart in middle. I have responded to the 
image through text:

Healing Waters
Curtain lifts revealing an explosion
of colour in vibrant night-time wonder,
our world shared to hail healing waters,
embrace Love before worms drag us under.

Healing Waters

I’ve worked spontaneously in white gel pen on black paper (20cm x 29.5cm). 
I do not sketch out the image beforehand. A valence runs across top of the page 
with abstract vertebrae print. Raindrops fall and sun rises to right middle of page. 
Silhouettes of people at bottom emerge from sea of flowers reaching for 
hearts. Two lilies at bottom right. I have responded to the image through text:

Lilies Rain
Below backbones’ stiff curtain draped and hung,
we reach for Love in light through night-time tears
drowning in lilies garden’s sweet perfume 
washing away anxiety and fears.

Lilies Rain

I’ve worked spontaneously in white gel pen on black paper (20cm x 29.5cm). 
I do not sketch out the image beforehand. Two large hands on either side,
fingers touch. Above fly hearts and people in night sky. Below a tree and 
shadows of people on horizon, above a bed of flowers. I have also responded 
to the image through text:


Dance, rejoice and bath in wonderous light
as midnight skies lift in twilight hours.
A gentle touch, but dare not touch too soon,
remember angels in springtime flowers.

Remember Angels

I’ve worked spontaneously in gel pen on black paper (20cm x 29.5cm). 
An outline of a tree is central set under a starry winter night sky. 
From top going down on the tree on the left are outlines of people, 
on right are outlines of animals.  At the roots people and animals are 
mixed. Snow is on the ground. I have also responded to the image through text:

We are from the same tree now in winter. 
Their breath – our breath – Her breath – our lungs are one.
Outstretched bare arms they reach - seeds sleep hold on
to hope – all wait we do for midnight sun.

Waiting For The Midnight Sun

I’ve worked spontaneously in white gel pen on black paper (20cm x 29.5cm). 
I do not sketch out the image beforehand. Beneath a starry night sky, the 
centre outline of a head wearing a crown and partial shoulders that is filled 
with horses, hearts and outlines of people. On the right is a dog’s profile 
and another on the left. I have also responded to the images through text:

The Queen of Hearts wears crowning glory proud. 
Her loyal dogs protect defending head 
of state of mind as horses’ carousel 
jump off the track – take different path instead.

Crowning Glory

I’ve worked spontaneously in white gel pen on black paper (20cm x 29.5cm). 
I do not sketch out the image beforehand. In the bottom right corner
the profile of a woman looks towards centre on the left a large hand
releases bees flying over a representation of the earth as seen from space
in a night sky. I have also responded to the images through text:

Twilight reflecting the curves of Her face
highlighting flyers in shadows release
a breath of fresh air - our one saving grace
when gouging Her surface - clogging Her seas.

Care For Her

I’ve worked spontaneously in white gel pen on black paper (20cm x 29.5cm). 
I do not sketch out the image beforehand. At the bottom are two large decorative hands with eyes coming through. Above is an arched bridge on fire with rabbits running across. 
At the top is the night sky with stars, eggs and hearts.

I have also responded to the images through text:

See rabbits run across a bridge aflame,
underfoot is Passion’s glory burning.
Love reigns o’er all shines brightly in the night
as melting Winter’s chill in Spring’s delight.

See

I’ve worked spontaneously in white gel pen on black paper (20cm x 29.5cm). 
On the left are two hands, one down - one upwards. Outlines of animals 
are inside to symbolise people caring for other sentient beings. 
On the right is the outline of an animal looking towards the hands with 
the outlines of people within. A snake is in the upper right corner. 
I have responded to the image in text:

In chaos we as one to one create
the love for all – responsibility
sheds light on shedding skin rebirth - reborn
to care for Mother’s children, me and Thee.

Care For Mother's Children

Working spontaneously in gel pen on black paper.  The relationship between humans and nature is explored. The natural world is on the left, humanity on the right divided by a black vertical space widening at the top. As the natural world is lost, so are we – represented by the ‘chalk’ outlines of animals and people. Again, I have responded to the images through text:

It is not us and them - the great divide.
Watch them fall on edge into the abyss,
for separate we are not - together one.
They disappear, we too and truth is this.

The Great Divide

I have been exploring using white gel pen on A4 black paper. 
I have also responded to this imagery in poetry. 
This often happens with my work. The symbolism of
the white stag varies and includes: great change, existence
of another world and purity. It is a creature that can never 
be caught. 

Bounding in from another world he comes.
Transgressions he can see when we are blind.
Allusive creature slipping through our hands, 
reminds us - be in different state of mind.

White Stag