Solastalgia by Kate Shaw
March 23 @ 11:00 am - April 3 @ 7:00 pm
Australian artist Kate Shaw returns to Cat Street Gallery for Solastalgia, her second solo show at the venue. Solastalgia is a term coined by philosopher Glenn Albrecht, formed by a combination of the Latin word solacium (comfort) and the Greek root – algia (pain). It described the form of psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change, such as mining or climate change. The artist has taken this concept to define her landscapes, which are simultaneously sublime and toxic. Formed out of ‘paint pours’ and collage techniques, her landscapes feature swirls of acrylic paint, ink, glitters and powders mimic the flow of natural processes. Underlying these psychedelic scenes are hints of pollution and artificiality, representing our conflicted relationship with nature.
Shaw’s works have been shown extensively throughout Australia, as well as New York, and Seoul. She has had solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco, London and throughout Australia. She has exhibited internationally in group exhibitions in Auckland, Berlin, Beijing, Indonesia, Los Angeles, London, New York, Paris, Reykjavik, San Francisco, Seoul, and Tokyo in both private galleries and public museums including MOCA Taipei and POSCO Seoul.
The Cat Street Gallery exhibits international contemporary and modern art by both established and emerging artists.