Painter Kate turns Gaza horror into magnificence


Kate Stevens with two of her Gaza work. Picture: Helen Musa

CANBERRA painter Kate Stevens has a very lovely suite of oil work on present at Canberra Modern Artwork House Manuka till tomorrow, February 26, on an unlikely topic – bombed-out Gaza.

“Occupied” is a sequence of recent works painted from information images of the bombing of Gaza, put collectively as a sort of paused body telling a narrative that relentlessly repeats.

Stevens first got here to my discover about 20 years in the past when, as a brand new graduate of the ANU Faculty of Artwork, she received and ASOC scholarship that took her to Japan, a journey that resulted in an exhibition and residency at Gorman Arts Centre and set her on the trail to success.

On the time, she might be came upon of Barry Drive taking footage and movies of passing visitors then transforming them into extra painterly artistic endeavors.

Once I popped in on the present yesterday – little realising its brief period – I discovered that Stevens has by no means been to Gaza, though she would like to.

Relatively, she has spent years seeing disturbing pictures within the media of havoc and explosions, usually offered in such a manner is to blur out the human ingredient.

Disturbed by the evident imbalance of energy within the battle, she set about capturing the sweetness and the fear of Gaza in the best way solely paint can do, giving life and humanity to what she describes as “bland media pictures”.

I requested her if she was beautifying horror, however Stevens is adamant that her painterly manner is a manner of inviting viewers right into a panorama of battle to consider what’s occurring.

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“It appears lovely and it lures you in,” she says. “Portray is the right medium for socio-historical remark.”

And he or she’s taken a leaf from the e-book of a grasp, having studied Arthur Streeton’s work on the Battle Memorial and famous how he used the pinks and golds of the sky to create one thing evocative.

“I simply hope folks will take discover,” she says.

“Occupied”, at CCAS, Manuka, till February 26.


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Ian Meikle, editor