About Kate Rohde
Kate lives and works in Melbourne, Australia and has been exhibiting sculptural works and large-scale installations regularly since 1998, around Australia, New Zealand, UK, Japan, Lithuania. Kate is represented by KAREN WOODBURY GALLERY - www.kwgallery.com level 1 167 Flinders Lane Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia +61396395855Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Artist Statement My recent sculptures and installations utilise an extensive range of craft and hardware materials, including silicone, expanding foam, fake fur, polyester resin and rice paper. With these I create zoological, botanical and geological specimens, which rather than factually representing natural history, take a more playful, decorative approach, often employing presentation techniques of museums, such as dioramas and display cases when exhibiting them. Coupled with this interest in reimagining natural history, I have been incorporating decorative elements typical of Baroque and Rococo style over the last year. The highly ornate nature of these styles reveals on closer inspection that much of the patterning is drawn largely from flora and fauna. The combination of motifs from these movements, with dioramas featuring faux specimens of animal, vegetable and mineral, create a sense of the richness and excess of culture intertwined with the splendors of nature to produce a spectacular example of humans seeking to have control over their environment.The presentation of the works connects my two major areas of interest, drawing inspiration from descriptions and engravings depicting Wunderkammer rooms European aristocrats used to have in their expansive residences coincident with the era of Baroque and Rococo. These rooms were the precursors to modern museums, featuring treasures and curiosities collected and gifted to the aristocrats, and presented in exquisite, custom-made cabinets. Arranged more for aesthetic appeal and novelty value, the collections featured a range of cultural artifacts as well as fossils, minerals and animal specimens. In my work I seek to recreate an experience of encountering nature in a fantastic form, which still contains a little mystery and isnt bounded by the scientific experience we now so often have of our world.
Education: 1998 2001 Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Victorian College of the ArtsSelected Solo Exhibitions:2012 Hybrid Geology, Pieces of Eight, Melbourne, 2010 Fantasma, Koishikawa Annex, the University of Tokyo 2008 flourish, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville2007 In My Nature, Kaliman Gallery, Paddington, Sydney2006 Some Kind of Empire, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne2006 Vicious Precious, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell 2005 Chateau Fatale, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne2004 The Big Chill, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra2004 Perfect Specimen, Kaliman Gallery, Paddington, Sydney2003 Taxidermy, Kaliman Gallery, Paddington, Sydney2002 Cabin Fever, TCB art inc. MelbourneSelected Group Exhibitions:2008 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, AdelaideLook! new perspectives on the contemporary collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne2007 Voiceless: I feel therefore I am, Sherman Galleries, Sydney2007 Culture Trackers, 24HR Art, Darwin2006 Strange Cargo, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New South Wales 2006 Flaming Youth, Orange Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales 2006 Home Goal: Diversity in contemporary Australian art from the collection of Dr Dick Quan, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales 2006 Beckon, Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Perth2006 Shelf life, MOP Projects, Sydney 2006 Fantastic Voyage, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney2006 The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park, Victoria2005 Recent Acquisitions, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne2004 Supernatural, (a collaboration with Kate Just) Horti Hall Gallery, Melbourne2004 She is Crafty, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney2004 Material Fiction, Blindside ARI, Melbourne2003 Home Sweet Home, Works from the Peter Fay Collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra2003 Animality, The Blue Oyster Project Space, Dunedin, New Zealand 2003 Bong On, (curated by Jarrad Kennedy) Bus Gallery, Melbourne2002 New Art, Kaliman Gallery, Paddington, Sydney2002 Creatures, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University 2002 Only the Lonely, Block Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney2002 Postcard Show Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Melbourne2001 Something for the Ladies, Penthouse&Pavement, Carlton, Melbourne2001 Line-Up, Mansour Gallery, Melbourne2001 Kate (with Kate Just and Kate Stones) Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Melbourne2001 White-Wash, (curated by Sharon Thorne) 69 Smith Street, Collingwood, Melbourne2000 Even Better Than the Real Thing, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University2000 Work From the Stables, 69 Smith Street, Collingwood, Melbourne1999 Something New Again, 72 Napier Street, Fitzroy, MelbourneAwards:2006 Finalist, Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award2006 Finalist, Ripe: ANZ private bank /Art and Australia Emerging Artists Prize2005 Participant, ABN Amro Emerging Artists Prize 2004 Postcard Prize Winner, Linden Postcard Show2000 National Gallery Women Association Encouragement Award, VCA Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts.Grants/Residencies:2008 Arts Victoria creation grantasialink visual arts residency, tokyo wonder site, japan2007 Australia Council for the Arts Studio residency, Cit Internationale des Arts, Paris2006 Culture Trackers Program, 24hr Art residency, Oenpelli, Northern Territory2004 Australia Council for the Arts - New Work Grant 2003 City of Melbourne Arts Grant 2004 RecipientCollections:ArtbankNational Gallery of Victoria, AustraliaNewcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW. AustraliaQueensland University Museum of ArtArt Gallery of South AustraliaBibliography:- Jenna Blyth Kate Rohde Untitled: Portraits of Australian artists by Sonia Payes, pg 284 289, July 2007- Kate Van Den Boogert, Animal magnetism, Vogue Living Australia, July/August 2007 - Sebastian Smee, Beastly goings on, The Weekend Australian, March 2007- Tracey Clement, Taxidermy meets mardi gras, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 2007- Lisa Slade, Return to wonder, Strange cargo catalogue essay, October 2006- Rebecca Cannon, Kate Rohde, Un Magazine, issue 7, March 2006- Din Heagney Faux Chateau, Nylon Magazine, March 2006- Pilar Arevalo, Rohde kill, Russh Magazine, November 2005- Margie Borschke, Get the picture, Harpers Bazaar Australia, September 2005- Dominique Angeloro, Get Stuffed, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 2004- Charmian Smith, Gory Creations Pose Serious Questions, Otago Daily Times,June 2003- Lenny Ann Low and Peter Hill, Grin and Bare it, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 2003,
Kate's new solo show "FANTASMA' - 6 November 2010 - 5 December 2010
Koishikawa Annex, the University Museum of the University Tokyo
3-7-1 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.
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6 November 14:00 – 15:00 Artist talk by Kate Rohde
28 November 14:00 – 16:00 Workshop (advance booking required)
Admission Free. - Enquiries Phone: 03-5777-8600