During Constant Ecology Kate Ellis is interested in examining the fragility of isolation, separation and the impossibility of a protected ecology through the development of a series of hanging pouch forms made from poodle fur. These pouches will reference wildlife pouches that Kate made last Summer for Joeys injured and orphaned during Australia’s bushfires.

The development of these forms will be impossibly fine and translucent, their various sizes will not be quite human scale and will explore the seemingly contrary sensations of suffocation and constriction, and nurture and comfort.


Kate Ellis’s exhibitions include 2018 Untitled (Poodle/Human) at Caves Gallery, Melbourne International Arts Festival (2006), Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (2004), and several at 1st Floor (1994-2002).

Recent group exhibitions include Hello Goodbye at Caves (2019), Deakin University Small Sculpture Award (2019), The Utopian Object at C3 (2019), Gardening is Not a Rational Act at C3 (2017), Every Day at Murray White Room (2013), A Fragile State Martin Brown Sydney (2009), Melbourne Art Fair (2008), You’re So Vain Karen Woodbury Gallery (2005), Pitch Your Own Tent Monash University Museum of Art (2005), and exhibitions in Singapore and New Zealand.

Kate has been the recipient of the Deakin University Small Sculpture Award, the Darebin La Trobe Art Prize, the Linden Postcard Show Donlevy Fitzpatrick Award, the National Women’s Association Award and was shortlisted for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize several times. Collections include Artbank, Deakin University and La Trobe University, as well as several private collections.