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Kate has recently completed a degree at Ilam School of Fine Arts with a major in painting. Previous to her degree she had studied in printmaking, sculpture and photography.
Kate’s current series of works explore the hierarchy of image and object through a process that draws on seriality and originality.
Repeated botanical studies form the background , as a lone native bird is depicted in the corner. This patterning effect works to devalue the botanical image; it becomes design, wallpaper-esque, whereas the depicted native birds stand by themselves. A whitewash is applied over the surface, simultaneously pulling some of the botanical images into the mid and foreground. In doing this, the background almost acquires the status of subject as the native birds fall between the fore and mid-ground. The combined result is uncanny; nothing seems to be quite what it should.
The concept behind this series of work draws on establishing a connection of Kate’s heritage as a New Zealand European.