Image credit: Cardigan Street Photography
For my new body of work: Please follow this link – Duly Priced Drink_2016 onward work
It’s 2016 and I am undertaking Honours in BFA @ UNSW, Paddington. I am currently writing my thesis draft for Semester one which I am going to expand into 5000 words in the second half of the year. Ideally the art-works relating to this paper will be shown together in one space early 2017 though this is yet to be arranged. There is a collaborative project arising out of this research as well. This will be conducted mid 2017 and I will post details about this project once everything is formalized. Watch this space for specific press releases regarding my current artwork trajectory and activities.
Great start to 2015!
January through to February 2015 I was living in Auckland New Zealand and working in paradise!
CIS Australia together with University of New South Wales, Waiheke Community Art Gallery and specifically Gallery Director Linda Chalmers, myself and several other participants all pulled together over several months in order to secure an internship position which suited the requirements of all. The outcome of this is absolutely perfect and a testament to never giving up. My program was tailored specifically to my needs as a mother, student and specifically the career objective of learning more about the role of a curator within an arts gallery environment.
A blog sub-category became a photographic mapping of my experience not only in the gallery on the picturesque Waiheke Island, but the mainland (Auckland, New Zealand) and during leisure times. The images include my family who accompanied me on this adventure as well as simply visually mapping the day to day.
Please see follow this link: https://katkennedy.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/new-zealand-internship-waiheke-community-art-gallery/
Please see this file for my current CV:
Katherine Kennedy (Sydney, 1980) is a Blue Mountains (NSW) artist, scholarship recipient and an undergraduate (fourth year) BFA (honours) student at University of New South Wales Art & Design.
Katherine raises questions about active emotional engagement through both the materials she selects and the processes undertaken. Her overriding conceptual paradigm explores the notion of failure acceptance and the healing rituals which ensue.
Katherine has exhibited throughout Sydney, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Spain, Barcelona, Rome, Pakistan and New Zealand and has received various first-place awards and other finalist selections for arts prizes domestically. She has also been awarded First Place for both the Certificate and Diploma of Fine Arts, a Student Excellence award for Printmaking and an Alumni exhibition First Prize winner at Nepean Arts & Design Centre, Kingswood NSW. She currently works as a full time student majoring in Printmaking at UNSW Art & Design.
Katherine is an active community cultural promoter for Printmaking and all other visual arts disciplines. She was a founding member, secretary and now Vice President of Hawkesbury Printmakers Incorporated. As an emerging curator Katherine completed her first internationally curated (printmaking) event at Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Auckland titled CORE after which IDENTIFY followed. IDENTIFY merged the Hawkesbury Printmakers with the UNSW Art & Design printmaking and ceramic departments the outcome of which was displayed at Monster Mouse, Marrickville, Sydney.
Katherine donates artworks for charities and local schools. She held a charitable position of Curator at Hawkesbury restaurant and gallery, Sassafras Creek Food & Design, http://www.sassafrascreek.com.au/cafe/ filling their exhibition calendar for over 14 months with community and solo exhibitions. Katherine has volunteered at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor for over three years.
My work has typically explored notions of balance and structure to varying degrees between subtle and exaggerated. I find objects displaying precarious equilibrium significantly beautiful in their transient state. Recent work focuses on the off-balance feelings associated with emotional trauma. The recurring motif of facial tissues literally used to make the work. In this way, the precariousness of keeping upright is the message if not aesthetically informing the image structure. Embracing alternative materials has lead to a diverse approach in processes and yields unexpected results. Luck, chance and happy accidents often lead to a final piece; a single sculpture, photograph, sketch or print. One piece may best represent a whole body of work however, this is usually established when all possibilities are exhausted.
About me 2015:
Third year at UNSW Art and Design (COFA has had a name change) has just wrapped up. I am looking forward to fourth year (Honours) though I am aware of the impending thesis requirement. Currently I am taking a general education summer class due for completion early 2016.
About me 2014:
Second year at College of Fine Art and Design is officially completed. I still have a minimum of one year to go for my basic degree of Fine Arts but feel I got some large scale works out of my system and am better positioned to focus in on building my finer printmaking skills next year with teacher and Printmaking department Course Convener, Michael Kempson.
About me 2013:
I have just completed my first year of UNI at College of Fine Art (COFA) UNSW of the Bachelor of Fine Art (honors) program. It has been strange, challenging and wonderful all at once and as I elected to undergo first year due to scholarship requirements I will graduate 2016.
About me 2012:
I have officially graduated Diploma of Fine Arts TAFE at Nepean Arts and Design Centre (NADC). I wholeheartedly recomend this instutution to anyone who is contemplating the study of fine art. The teachers are incredible and extremely current as they are practicing artists within Australia and abroad. There is a nurturing inclination toward assisting each student to achieve their own personal outcomes as well as that of the curriculum which I hear is very different to further education in other institutions.
All works are © Katherine Kennedy 2012
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