KATE DAW: Love, Work (Show Me Grace)


27 March – 16 May 2015

Sarah Scout Presents is delighted to announce KATE DAW’s third solo exhibition with the gallery Love, Work (Show Me Grace). Daw’s exhibition engages with the complex relationships we have with the world of ‘work’ and the spaces in which we engage in labour and creativity. Central to the exhibition is Daw’s role as an artist and teacher. Much of the work revolves around the ways women work and talk together; the trust involved in working with a teenager she has been teaching to draw over the past year (the ‘Grace’ of the show’s title), as well as the conversations that Daw has shared with young female art students about their relationship to the art world and their own artistic ambitions.

Love, Work (Show Me Grace) sees Daw revisit her interest in language, reproduction, design, patterning and motif. The exhibition comprises new paintings and a series of typewritten text works, together with a suite of silkscreen prints, a series of paintings on found slate boards and an ambitious installation in the gallery’s hallway. In conceiving this new body of work, Daw has drawn on the experience and imagery of her many visits to India; the process of observational drawing; the strength and resilience of sisters, as well as paying homage to key artistic, literary and personal influences. Daw’s practice continues to explore issues of authorship, narrative and creative process: moving between the spheres of domesticity and the workplace, the everyday and the imagined. Love, Work (Show Me Grace) continues to negotiate these subjective and emotional registers – engaging the artist’s own personal history within a context of broader cultural and social experiences.

Kate Daw has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, since 1992. Recent exhibitions include the 19th Biennale of Sydney and Spring 1883 (both 2014), Seven Art, Delhi and the India Art Fair (both 2013), the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and a major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. In 2013–14 she participated in Melbourne Now, in On Top of the World: Flags for Melbourne. In 2006 Daw completed her PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, where she is currently Head of Painting. She was a member of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council (2012–14) and has served as Chair of both Next Wave and Arts Victoria’s funding advisory panel. Daw is interested in involving other people in her art practice, and has worked on collaborative projects with artists in India, Scotland and throughout Australia. In 2011, she completed a large permanent artwork, Civil Twilight End at Docklands, Melbourne, with Stewart Russell. Daw has received many awards and grants, including the prestigious Samstag Scholarship. She has undertaken residencies at the Asialink studio in India, the Glasgow School of Art, the Victorian Tapestry Workshop and IASKA, among others and in 2010 she undertook the inaugural Basil Sellers Fellowship with Stewart Russell at Melbourne’s MCG. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of Western Australia; University of Melbourne; Monash University; the Cruthers Collection; and Artbank.

KATE DAW India Art Fair New Delhi

1-3 FEBRUARY 2013

Sarah Scout is delighted to present a solo exhibition of new work by Kate Daw at the 5th India Art Fair current from 1-3 February 2013 in New Delhi.

Daw explores issues of authorship, narrative and creative processes and moves between the domestic and the social, the everyday and the imagined. Her recent work restages the narrative form in contemporary art, combining materiality and history, language and image, art and literature, to explore their interchange of meaning.

Daw’s project for the India Art Fair focuses around a new series of oil paintings and silkscreens. Each painting is rendered on a found blackboard from an old primary school classroom, with evidence of age, in the form of scratches, dents, scrawls and doodles clearly evident in their backgrounds. Daw has derived imagery from patterning on crockery, textiles and other decorative sources, and different decades from 20th century culture can be discerned, from William Morris repeat designs, to Florence Broadhurst’s 1970s swirls, to Villeroy and Boch china patterns to 18th century Indian fabrics made with silver and gold threads. At the centre of the project, both conceptually and physically, lie a series of small, candy-coloured painted roses taken from the graphic design on a box of matches Daw found in India in 1995 while on an artist residency at Baroda. Indeed, much of the work is specific to daily life as Daw has experienced it over time in India.

Kate Daw has exhibited her work widely, nationally and internationally, since 1992. Her most recent exhibitions have included at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and a major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. In 2006, Daw completed her PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, where she has recently been appointed Head of Painting.

For further information visit www.indiaartfair.in

KATE DAW The Blue Hour

23 July to 28 August 2009 at Sarah Scout

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