Melbourne-based artist Cate Consandine works across a wide range of formal and discursive mediums including sculpture and spatial practice, video and performance. She works with the body as material for her practice, and is particularly interested in the physical expression of psychological states, the relationships between bodies and space, and their contingent emotional registers. Acts of cutting, and the resulting fragment or part-object, are often utilized as an editing and performing strategy in the moving image, and as a reductive strategy central to the sculptural process. Her work seeks to locate experience between stillness and movement, or the place where desire is posited – the edge of movement – and particularly fixes on the liminal body; a body on edge in the landscape. For example, recent video works filmed on location in the clay pans and desert lakes of outback New South Wales present staged performances, unfolding and exploring the relationships between subject and landscape from a postcolonial perspective. Presented in dialogue with one another, these concentrated and highly contrived scenarios invoke a series of binaries – active/passive, barren/abundant, open/contained, composed/uneasy – that remain in tense interplay.
CATE CONSANDINE has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1999. Solo exhibitions include Candy Cane, Gertrude Contemporary (2006); Cold Cut, Eye-Stalk, Heide Museum of Modern Art (2006); and Cut Colony, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2012). Selected group exhibitions include Without Words: Photography and Emotion at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2011); LOOP 08, International Festival & Fair for Video Art, Barcelona (2008); Contemporary Australian Video, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2008); Bibibibodibiboo Exposition international d’art actuel, Biennale of Art, Reunion Island (2009); and Vertigo, an Asialink Arts and BLINDSIDE touring exhibition presented at Galeri Soemardja, Indonesia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Taiwan; and POSCO Art Gallery, South Korea (2014). She has received numerous grants and awards, and in 2002-2004 she was the recipient of a Gertrude Studio Residency. Consandine completed a PhD at Monash University in 2014, and is a lecturer in Sculpture & Spatial Practice at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.