My practice aims to convey ideas of nature, alchemy and cycles of creation/destruction. The paintings and video works deal with the tensions and dichotomies in the depiction of the natural world and our relationship to it. I am concurrently exploring the sublime in nature whilst imbuing a sense of toxicity and artificiality in this depiction. The intention is to reflect upon the contradiction between our inherent connection to the natural world and continual distancing from it.
The video ‘The Spectator’ combines footage of natural disasters from YouTube and video of the poured paint. I am seeking to draw out the ambiguities of how technology has distanced our relationship to the natural world whilst creating more immediate access to spectacular and disastrous natural events.
Kate Shaw holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours from RMIT University and a Diploma of Museum Studies from Deakin University. She has held solo exhibitions in Australia, New York and Hong Kong and has presented work in group exhibitions in Auckland, Beijing, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Reykjavik, San Francisco, Seoul and Tokyo.
Shaw has received grants from Arts Victoria and the Australia Council and undertaken residencies at 24hrArtspace, Darwin; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; Point B, New York; Flux Factory, New York; and SIM, Reykjavik. She has been a finalist in numerous art prizes including The Arthur Guy Prize, 2013; The Gold Award, 2012; John Fries Memorial Prize, 2012; John Leslie Art Prize, 2012, 2003; Wynne Prize, 2010-2012; Substation Contemporary Art Prize, 2012; and Royal Bank of Scotland Art Award, 2010. Shaw was the winner (painting category) of Artists Wanted, Scope, New York, 2012.
Shaw’s work is in collections including the University of Queensland, Macquarie Bank, Westpac Bank, RACV, and Artbank. She has received commissions from Urban Art Projects and the Museum of Brisbane. Recently her work was included in ‘Landscape and its Psyche’ published by University of NSW, 2013. Kate Shaw is represented by Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne; Sullivan and Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney; Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane; and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York.
La-la Land 2013
Acrylic and resin on board, 30 x 70cm
Image courtesy of the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne