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 a culture that values productivity, consumerism and endless capital growth, while overlooking the earths systems that sustain us. In busy, human centric environments, I search for 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, and I am currently exploring piece of mind in the age of plastic. I do this on my own, and in collaboration with artists, 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, to explore ideas and share them. Recent artistic research was centered on the material possibilities of reconstituted single-use plastic waste. This detritus of our times has become a part of the worlds ecological cycle, and through the relationships between species it has become a part of the food chain. By re-imagining plastic waste as sculptural material, perhaps we can place a higher value on this existing strong, durable material, redirecting it from landfill into other forms, to reconsider its production and use.

Recently completing 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).  I explored a somewhat bizarre example of urban co-existence with the wild animal, through the specifics of a re-wilded man-made nature reserve in the Netherlands, with the help of a ranger. 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, Sydney Festival, Montalto, Sculpture by The Sea, ArtPlay, Bendigo Conservatory, Albury Library Museum, Utrecht University Museum, and BAK gallery amongst others.