Kate Rohde

Kate Rohde’s upcoming solo exhibition at Karen Woodbury Gallery is her first commercial exhibition in Melbourne. The work for the exhibition is largely inspired by a three month residency in 2008 as a creator-in residence at Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan. Decorative wood carvings of zen and shinto shrines in Kamakura and Nikko were particularly influential.

Art Exhibition previously on at Karen Woodbury Gallery in Australia.
From Thursday 26 November 2009 to Saturday 19 December 2009

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Much of the work is produced from materials sourced during Kate’s stay in Japan. Kate collected a number of books by traditional Japanese genre painters which have assisted in her unique re-imagining of natural history.

Kate is well-known for her intricately detailed and opulent resin vitrines. These vitrines have been inspired by her travels to the Baroque inspired Chateau de Versailles, France. Such recreations of old-fashioned museum dioramas and archival displays encased by glass or Perspex, are made from common synthetic materials such as: epoxy resin, expanded foam, faux fur, glitter, silicon, papier-mache, plasticine, polystyrene and faux jewels. The production of these works is laborious and extremely physical.

Rohde’s imaginative and fanciful sculptures fuse the symbolism of museological documentation with a Rococo and Baroque aesthetic. Kate also cites influence from The Adams Family and National Geographic. Within these vitrines are artificial representations of the natural. Here the use of inventive materials conveys an unusual beauty. Rohde invites you to enter a realm of fantasy whilst motivating contemporary discussions regarding ecology, extinction, taxidermy and preservation.

Since her first solo show at TCB art inc., Melbourne in 2002, Kate has held eight other solo exhibitions within Australia including: Flourish, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria (2008); In my nature, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney (2007); Some kind of empire, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Fitzroy (2006); Vicious Precious, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria (2006); Chateau Fatale, Westspace, Melbourne (2005); The Big Chill, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra (2004); Perfect Specimen, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney (2004) and Taxidermy, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney (2003).

Kate has also participated in over thirty group exhibitions including: Handle with Care: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2008); Voiceless: I feel therefore I am, Sherman Galleries, Sydney (2007); Culture Trackers, 24HR Art, Darwin (2007); Decadence, decay and the Demimonde, Home House, London (2007); 4aXY, Gallery 4A, Asia-Australia Art Centre, Sydney (2007); B-side B, Blindside ARI, Melbourne (2007); Strange Cargo, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New South Wales (2006); Flaming Youth, Orange Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales (2006); Beckon, Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Perth (2006) and The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park, Victoria (2006).

Her various awards include: The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award (finalist) (2006); Ripe: ANZ private bank / Art and Australia Emerging Artists Prize (finalist) (2006); Linden Postcard Show (winner) (2004); National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association Encouragement Award, Victorian College of the Arts (2000) and Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts (2000).

Kate has also received a number of grants and residencies that include: Creation Grant, Arts Victoria (2008); Asialink Residency, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo (2008); Australian Council for the Arts Studio Residency, Cite International des Arts, Paris (2007); Culture Trackers Program, 24HR Art Residency, Oenpelli, Northern Territory (2006); Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant (2004) and City of Melbourne Arts Grant (2003).

Kate’s work is held in the following collections: Artbank, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New South Wales and The University of Queensland Art Museum, Queensland.