Kate Karaula

Location

Elwood, Australia

Preferred artistic medium

Collage, Contemporary, Textile & Fibre Art

Art level career

Emerging

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Having grown up at the base of The Dandenong Ranges and then spending the last 15 years by Port Phillip Bay, my work is grounded in nature and the interplay of humanity with it. I’m  fascinated by the ever evolving dynamic between the urban and natural environments – harmonious, violent, symbiotic, at odds, beautiful, ugly, breathy and cramped – sometimes all at once.

With an insatiable appetite for learning and fascination with human nature, I have  explored multiple mediums, subjects and techniques over the years, most of which play a cameo role at some point in my textile and fibre pieces. My formal study of Photography forms the foundation for the techniques and expressions that I have developed through constant experimentation and courses.

I work predominantly in hand-crafted, thrifted and natural materials, from deconstructed clothing and found objects. If you see a textured yarn in a piece, I’ve usually processed it myself all the way from raw fleece. I also hand-dye & paint many of the felted bases that I use. This hands-on approach to the creation of the individual parts results in them lending their own story and energy to the work as a whole.

My current ongoing exploration, “No Safe Harbours”, is an expression of the space where urban and natural elements meet and interact; where they clash and create a whole new form together, liquid and fluid yet still bound by time, the forms and laws of Mother Nature and the impact of human existence. Key to the exploration are the emotions this invokes (the conflict, the change of state when crossing from the urban chaos to the wide open water), and an approach that challenges fear and preconceived ideas through experimentation and play.