Throughout the Constant Ecology residency
has been creating a body of work that reflects upon the experience of isolation in an age of ecological unrest. Kate’s exploration of escapism, nostalgia and a longing for worlds distant and unknown, has begun to manifest in a series of paintings and short stories developed during lockdown.
The artwork derives from thoughts about the systemic issues of access and inequality that have been compounded by the restrictions governing our movements. These restrictions have come to define an element of loneliness and a desire to seek comfort despite the barriers to transit remaining in place.
based artist Kate Wallace looks to record and translate her own experience of
place and urban living through the dialogue of representational painting. Using
techniques such as scale, cropping, blur, repetition, montage and detail, her
works are concerned with the translation of memory and construction of past
through painting. Informed by photographs taken in wait or transit, Wallace
considers our shared view of the world as an intimate counterpoint to the fast
and constant experience of today.
completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts,
University of Melbourne in 2018, receiving the Wingate Student Fellowship Art
Prize. Kate has exhibited across galleries in Melbourne, recent exhibitions
including New Landscapes, Lon
Gallery, Collingwood (2020), Dimensions, Yarra
Sculpture Gallery, Abbotsford (2020), Views To Remember, C3 Contemporary Art Space,
Abbotsford (2019), Views
to a room, Kings Artist Run, Melbourne (2019), Futures, Hyper Contemporary,
Preston (2019), Coalescence, Linden
Projects Space, St. Kilda (2019), The Museum of Platitudes and Aphorisms, Rubicon
Ari, North Melbourne (2019), The
“F” Word, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray (2019) and Pictures, Alternating
Current Art Space, Windsor (2018). She is a recent
recipient of a Career Development Grant from the Australia Council for the