Kathy Holowko  /  Sculpture BA  /  Fine Art MA

  • Photograph by Mart Vaidla

I love sculpture, and its many dimensions. I am torn between utopia and dystopia, marveling and questioning nature and humanity. I am interested in the effects that urban life has upon our understanding of ecology. In busy, human centric environments, I search for narratives and connections that can help reconsider our world as a cyclical, and shared habitat.

In my work I have told tails of romance, searched for evidence of the evolution of beauty, camouflaged snakes into city buildings, made wild urban animals visible in public space, I’ve been on safari through a human-made wilderness, untangled transgenic trends in insect fibres and explored piece of mind in the age of plastic. I do this on my own, and in collaboration with artists, museums, ecologists, rangers, wild life carers, scientists, industry and other humans of all scales. I believe in the power of art to help learn, to think, to meditate … and it is my way to mirror cultural environmental ideologies in the hope of building positive future visions.

I create sculptural works, installations, public art and playful projects in a variety of media. I find great beauty in making, and use the material that is right for the concept, transforming material matter in order to explore ideas, process information, and share my findings.

I completed a Masters of Fine Art In Utrecht, Netherlands. My research topic was called Synthesis (meaning both: the creation of something by artificial means  / and a combination of entities) – my interest was the complex relationship of ‘living with’ animal entities in urban spaces which was explored through the specifics of a re-wilded man-made nature reserve in the Netherlands called the Oostvardersplassen. My guide into this example of urban co-existence with the wild animal was made possible with the help of a ranger, who had become ‘the eye of the wolf’ within this experimental eco-system. This artistic and written research culminated in an exhibition at BAK, curated by Marcus Miessen.

My work has appeared at Federation Square, NGV, White Night, National Wool Museum, Sculpture by The Sea, ArtPlay, Bendigo Conservatory, Montalto, Albury Library Museum, Utrecht University Museum, and BAK Gallery amongst others.


kathyholowko at gmail.com

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