Kate James

Melbourne-based artist Kate James draws from a variety of media to produce objects, photographs, textile works and video. In creating her intricate, hand-crafted and psychologically-charged sculptures and objects, James employs repetitive and painstaking techniques, often adapted from uncommon, sometimes obsolete, craft practices.

In her recent work the measuring of time is counted out in tiny horsehair stitches; awkward nets of horsehair catch nothing but air in their attempt to control something unseen; funnels are both literal and metaphoric sites of transference from one state to another, or used as vessels to channel materials and change their course; objects spill out or catch substances in bulbous sacks. The introduction of a cipher symbolises juxtaposing ideas of emptiness/ fullness, nothingness/ completeness.

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Kate James (b. 1978 Melbourne, lives Melbourne)

2005-2009  Master of Arts, (by research), School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne
2004  Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours, majoring in Printmaking, RMIT University, Melbourne
1999-2001  Bachelor of Fine Art, majoring in Printmaking, RMIT University, Melbourne
1997-1998  Diploma of Visual Art, majoring in Photography, RMIT Tafe, Melbourne

Solo Exhibitions
2014  Exitland, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2011  The Other Side of Despair, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2010  The Work of Worry is Never Done, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
2010  Letting Go, Maroondah Art Gallery, Ringwood
2009  The World is a Dangerous Place: The Anxious Experience, RMIT University, Building 49, examination exhibition, Melbourne
2006   Wind-suck, West Space, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions
2015  Creaturely Feelings, The Dax Centre, Melbourne
2012  Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
2012  Tough Love, curated by Christine Morrow, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide >>
2011  Print Culture, curated by Dr Ruth Johnstone, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne
2011  Reconstructing the Animal, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2010  I’m Okay, You’re Okay, Level ARI, Brisbane
2010  Yering Sculpture Award and Exhibition, Yering Station, Yarra Glen
2009  Link II – School of Art Alumni Exhibition, RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne
2008-2009  The Animal Gaze, London Metropolitan University; Plymouth College, Plymouth Arts Centre; Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery; Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World; Peninsula Arts Gallery; and Groundwork South West, UK
2007  Eye to Eye, Dubbo Regional Gallery, Dubbo
2006  The Idea of the Animal, Melbourne International Arts Festival Program, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2005  Siemens Art Award, RMIT Students Fine Art Award, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
2005 What if?, The Wedding Circle, Chippendale, Sydney
2005 The Adventure Project, Firstdraft Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
2005  The Influence of Anxiety, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Hurt Couture, Blindside Gallery, Arts Program: Melbourne L’Oreal Fashion Festival, Melbourne
2004  Connections, First Site Gallery, Melbourne
2004  Siemens Art Award, RMIT Students Fine Art Award, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2004  Dislocation, First Site Gallery, Melbourne
2001  Spit, Bite and Grind, RMIT Printmaking Graduate Exhibition, Bulle Gallery, Melbourne
1999  Relating to Nature, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

2011  Jordana Aamalia, ‘The Other Side of Despair’, (cat. essay) Daine Singer, Melbourne 2011
2011  Zoe De Luca, ‘I’m Okay, You’re Okay – Sanja Pahoki, Kate James, Agatha Gothe-Snape’, Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts, No 73, p.94
2010  Robert Nelson, ‘Odd Objects of Desire’, The Age, 14 April 2010, p.20.
2010  Damian Smith, ‘Rides a white horse: Fear in the work of Kate James, Letting Go catalogue, Maroondah Art Gallery, March 2010.
2010  Shaun Campbell, ‘Exploring concept of anxiety – letting go more than just animal instinct’, Maroondah Leader and Lilydale and Yarra Valley Leader, 16 March and 23 March 2010, p.22 & 21.
2010  Tristan Maddocks, ‘Hairs to our Pets’, The Journal, 23 March 2010, p.47.
2010  ‘Exhibitions to Watch’, Artlink, Vol 30#1, March 2010, p.16.
2009  Rosemarie McGoldrick, The Animal Gaze, exh. cat., November 2008 – May 2009.
2007  Barbara Dover, Eye to Eye, exh. cat., Dubbo: Dubbo Regional Gallery, September-October 2007.
2006  Suzanne Davies (ed.), Idea of the Animal, (exh. cat.), Melbourne: RMIT Gallery, October 2006, Edition 1500.
2006  Arts Program ABC Television: Review of The Idea of the Animal, Sunday 22October 2.00pm, 2006.
2006  David Hansen, ‘Sightlines’, The Age, 27 October 2006.
2006  Melbourne International Arts Festival Pocket Guide: Arts Program Guidebook for “Unsettled Boundaries”, October 2006, p.36, Image and Artist Biography.
2005  Inga Gildchrist, ‘Artists’ worry beads are larger than life’, MX, p.2, 18 May 2005.
2005  Robert Nelson, ‘Sightlines’, The Age, 20 May 2005
2005  Christine Morrow, The Influence of Anxiety, exh. cat., Melbourne: Blindside Gallery, May 2005.
2005  Artlink, Vol 25 #1, November 2005, p.68, Image.
2005  Real Time, Front cover full colour reproduced image and artist biography, Aug-Sept 2005, p.2.
2005  Ted Snell, ‘Shape-Shifters’, The Weekend Australian, p.18-19, 4-5 June 2005.
2005  Artlife.blogspot.com: Review, 26 May 2005.
2005  Hatched 05, exh. cat., Perth: PICA, May 2005, p. 35.
2005  Robert Nelson, ‘Sightlines’, The Age, 11 March 2005.
2005  Christine Morrow, Hurt Couture, exh. cat., Melbourne: Blindside Gallery, March 2005.
2005  Anna Hirsh, Hurt Couture, exh. cat., Melbourne: Blindside Gallery, March 2005.

Awards, Grants, Residencies
2014  Winner, Yering Station Sculpture Award, Yarra Glen
2012  Highly Commended, Hobart Art Prize, Hobart
2011  RMIT Summer Print Residency, RMIT, Melbourne
2010  Finalist, Yering Station Sculpture Award and Exhibition, Yering Station, Yarra Glen
2009-2010  Artist-in-Residence, Maroondah Art Gallery, Ringwood
2005  Finalist, Siemens Art Award, RMIT Students Fine Art Award, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2004  Finalist, Siemens Art Award, RMIT Students Fine Art Award, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

Monash University Museum of Art
RMIT Union Arts Collection
Maroondah Art Gallery Collection
Private collections in Australia and the United Kingdom