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Searching for Ground - Exhibition by Artist Kate Elder


Wed 20 Sep 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 22 Oct 2017, 1:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Mahara Gallery, 20 Mahara Place, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: info1389

Exhibition runs 17 September to 22 October 2017.

Kate Elder is a Kāpiti-based artist who trained in sculpture for a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Otago University, and then spent two years studying cabinetmaking in Madrid. She spent a number of years working with furniture, but has more recently concentrated on making artworks, and has work in private collections in New Zealand, Australia and Spain.

Kate’s work generally deals with the idea of landscapes: the preoccupation we have for controlling our environments, and what happens when our natural and constructed worlds collide. Working in three dimensions, she is conscious of the role that the viewer can play in ‘animating’ an artwork. A viewer moving around it can experience the dynamic quality of a sculpture, appreciating the changes that can occur from different viewpoints, and gradually making sense of the work through this movement.

The works in Searching for Ground are combinations of positive forms, negative cut-outs, painted surface and shadows. Through lighting positive and negative spaces, the presence of the forms and objects extend much further than their physical boundaries. Some shadows are painted – the imprint of a different time or place – others are current and are subject to change, or they could disappear completely.