Sunday, 20 May 2012

2 New Exhibitions by Kate Just

This weekend I went out to Ararat to see Kate Just: The Knitted Works (2004-2011) at Ararat Regional Art Gallery, a survey of Melbourne artist Kate Just's knitted sculptures including Paradise (pictured above), recently acquired by the Ararat Regional Art Gallery. Kate's knitted works are reinterpretations of autobiographical narratives, told through depictions of mythological figures and the female body. Paradise, for instance, is a contemporary re-telling of the story of Persephone voluntarily entering the underworld through a suburban lawn, and is simultaneously a representation of the artist's mother dealing with a tremendous grief. These life-size and larger works have all been created through the labour-intensive processes of hand knitting and machine knitting.

Well worth the trip to Ararat, this exhibition will run until 8 July.


Kate has another show opening this Thursday, 24 May, at Daine Singer Gallery in the city (325 Flinders Lane, downstairs). The Skin of Hope is an exhibition of new sculptures, photographs and video completed during Kate's recent Australia Council residency in Barcelona, and is an account of the ways in which the artist and her non-biological daughter Hope imprint and bond with each other at skin level. 

The Skin of Hope will run from 24 May - 30 June, with an artist talk Saturday 26 May at 3pm. 

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