Art By Kate McCarthy
Kate McCarthy is a Brisbane born artist, currently residing in Binalong Bay, Tasmania with her young family. Having completed units from three different degrees, including Bachelor in Fine Art Illustration, Queensland College of Art, Bachelor in Digital Art, 1995 Victoria University and Bachelor in Contemporary Art, Curtin University, Kate has always worked loosely in art and design. In 2004 she opened McCarthyism Contemporary Artspace, Sheffield, Tasmania, working with other artists and supporting residencies, including sound artist Ian Kitney, film maker Stefan Popescu and performance artist Casionova. Since the birth of Kate’s second son, she has focussed on producing her own art; 2011 saw her overseas debut in an Italian group show, a feature in The Age Sunday Magazine and her participation in the Sydney Fringe Festival. Kate is represented by 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace.
The thing I admire most at the moment, artistically speaking, is a balance between naiveté and expression, and where the material is celebrated. I allow the paint I apply to canvas to be a part of the work itself, leaving the drips, lumps and marks there. I feel my work is a natural backlash to the digital life we lead, and although I do fully embrace it, it’s good to step away.