I was thrilled when Sydney photographer Dakota Gordon reached out to me to participate in the group show “Vanishing Point”, with the likes of Nona Limmen and Lyleu Jewellery. The theme was nature – quite generalised but so much opportunity to explore something that I’m already really interested in thematically. I shot some still lives (which I will link below) but due to postage issues and time constraints we went with one of the Sam Haven photographs from his “Eden” album that I shot last year. It received a great reception so I’m glad I trusted Dakota’s instincts on that! I so wish I could’ve gone but still glad to have participated from afar.
There’s a little write up on my work on the black asterisk website here
My solo show “The Medium” us currently on display at Black Asterisk, running from April 27th – May 18th.
“Kate Rampling’s solo show The Medium mulls over the idea of the artist acting as a medium of communication.
Utilising self-portraiture as a direct means of communication, Rampling sees the act itself becoming a kind a ritual containing its own power. Her work stems from the gothic tradition of literature and fairy-tales; of heroines and villainess’ who gain their strength through self-contemplation and self-knowledge, while also considering female representation throughout the art history canon from a feminist and expressionist point of view.
Seeking to divert the female experience away from the body to that of the mind or spirit, spontaneous and intuitive movement is heavily used in the series. The movement creates a ghostly blur which subconsciously reveals the artists inner world.
Aesthetically this is linked to the Spiritualists of the Victorian era, who believed that communication with the dead was possible, while it is thematically connected to psychic mediums. Like a medium, the artist acts as a communicator of ideas and universal truths. The artistic process remains mysterious, the act of creation brings knowledge into light.
Meanwhile, Rampling claims, ‘I have the opportunity to examine different roles within myself; those that do not exist outside of the image making process or how I wish to present myself to others.’ Thus, transcending the everyday and entering the realm of the extraordinary.”
Here are some images from the opening event. I’m so excited to be showing more work than ever before (11 photos) and received such lovely comments of support on the day.
These images courtesy of artsdiary.co.nz
I’m so excited to be showing work again at black Asterisk, especially with Auckland artists such as Hayley Theyers and Stuart Broughton. It was great meeting some of the other artists last night at the opening and I can’t wait to go back and visit the show again.
I’ve included my artist statement below…
My work centres around the photographic medium. Specifically, I relate to the expressionist and symbolist movements that operated within a spiritual, suggestive and imaginative paradigm. My practice also focuses on the female experience and the generalised anxiety that comes with it; exploring the inner world of women and elevating it from it’s place in the art history canon from the bodily to spiritual realm.
For “The Lovers” I have submitted work that relates to the gothic and romantic. The theme is a common trope throughout art history that I believe seamlessly combines passion, romanticism as well as tragedy and the macabre. My images are a snapshot into a dark underlying narrative, the true meaning of which is unknown to the viewer and from which the viewer carries their own meaning.
Broader themes suggest memento mori, or in this case the tragedy of losing love or the eventual demise and loss of a loved one, as well as the malign power of sexuality and uncontrolled desire.