Kate Daw’s practice explores issues of authorship, narrative and creative process, and continually moves between the spheres of domesticity and the workplace, the everyday and the imagined. Her work engages personal memory, nostalgic recollection and feminised cultural experience and she spans these subjective and emotional registers through a range of media including painting, sculpture and text. Daw’s signature typewritten text paintings draw on a variety of literary sources: some are fragments of her own previous texts, others are written by friends or particular canonical authors from the mid-20th century – writers such as Proust, Capote – whose own observations of time and place resonate with Daw. Her recent paintings are also richly evocative of both personal memory and cultural experience; some refer to cherished possessions while others sample well-known Modernist designs. Across her practice, she is interested in both the aesthetic and the evocative, but also in how women’s experiences in culture might be marginalised or make themselves present.


KATE DAW has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, since 1992. Recent exhibitions include the 19th Biennale of Sydney and Spring1883 (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. 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 and Artbank.


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