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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.

Views to a room

Kate Wallace

29 June 2019–20 July 2019

A room to enter. A room to exit. A space abandoned. An entry point into a distant past or not too distant future. A view into another world. A place belonging to the past while existing in the present. A relic. The space was empty. Quiet- silenced through time and a longing for sound. In solitude, she left.

The spaces we occupy and traverse can offer moments of respite and solitude in the midst of the chaos of our daily lives. Within the sphere of representational painting, my work is heavily concerned with the translation of memory and investigation of past through imagery.

Driven by a desire to record and translate my own experience of place and urban living, views of past and present explores the depiction of past and its preservation through painting.

Utilizing techniques of scale, cropping, zooming in and zooming out, the works are informed by photographs taken in moments of travel and wait. Be it a detail of a mosaic or else a scene from an aeroplane window, the works look to relay a narrative on the isolation of contemporary living, in turn offering a momentary withdrawal from the fast and constant world of today.

Image: Kate Wallace, ‘Park bench’ 2019 Oil on board 15 x 15cm Photo Daniel Gardeazabal LR

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  • Melbourne based artist Kate Wallace seeks to observe, capture and translate aspects of contemporary living through the means of painting. Observing how we relate and engage with everyday sites, Wallace looks at the ways painting can be used to construct an image or memory of place and time. Kate has shown work in Victoria and overseas and recently completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.