Through photography, Kate explores alternative natural healing ways, and the influences of other related phenomena that foster wellbeing in oneself and community. By employing methods of engagement and documentation in the field and over an extended period of time, Kate maps these healing approaches, the associated networks, and the community’s endeavour to create a more caring, humane and respectful society. Back in the studio and darkroom, Kate uses different photographic techniques to highlight the sensory modes of understandings that these natural healing ways depend upon.
Her recent photographic series, Dust Landscapes, is a culmination of two years attendance at ConFest; one of the first open healing communities in Australia. She was interested in understanding how a spiritual collective consciousness, described by festivalgoers as a heightened awareness and sense of wellbeing at the festival, might be documented. This led to a series of photographs that recorded collected dust particles as artifacts of the ConFest ‘celestial experience’.
In 2013, she continues her explorations of Victorian based natural healers and will focus on the rituals and objects they use to discuss natural healing concepts to groups of people, for exhibition in 2013. Kate is also working with a traditional healer to document and visually respond to his exploration of the healing and spiritual plants from the Siwai region of Bougainville, for exhibition and publication in 2014.
Recent exhibitions include Transforming Landscape, Wallflower Gallery (2014), This Has Been, c3 Contemporary (2013); Dust Landscapes, Edmund Pearce (2012); and Explorations of an Other Space, Techno Park Studios (2011). Kate has also exhibited at Te Tuhi Gallery in New Zealand, and Melbourne galleries Kings ARI, TCB Art Inc, Blindside and VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery.
Her work has appeared in Unless You Will (AUS), Musee Magazine (USA), LENSCRATCH (USA) and Feature Shoot (USA). Kate was a finalist for the 2013 Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art; 2012 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Arts Centre; and the 2011 UNCOVER (young and emerging artist award), Perth Centre for Photography.
Kate received a Master of Art – Fine Arts (by Research), RMIT University in 2012 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), Victorian College of the Arts in 2006.
Media / Press:
Dr Jane Button ‘The Creative Potential of the New’: A Photographic Dialogue – 2013
EPTV Episode #2 – July 2013
Get Addicted To – Kane Daniel
Large Format Photography Blog Australia, The Photograph Explained: Pinhead Pluto By Kate Robertson, 20 May 2014