Kate Rohde exhibits in Tokyo - Art Collector

17 November 2010 | Victorian sculptor Kate Rohde is attracting attention in Tokyo with her first Japanese solo exhibition, Fantasma: Kate Rohde's Chamber of Specimen. The exhibition is being staged at the University of Tokyo, with Rohde’s work displayed in and around a natural history specimen collection in an annex in one of the university’s oldest buildings.

“When I first visited the annex in April to consider how – and whether – I could show my work here, I was struck by the canisters containing botanical specimens and was inspired to make my own, more colourful resin versions of these,” Rohde told
The Daily Yomiuri.

Curator Miyoko Hoshino added: “There aren't many Japanese contemporary artists whose practice works with [the theme of] representation in nature. This seems to be a common theme among Australian artists, and for someone like Rohde – whose work is so unique and fantastical and kawaii [cute] – a traditional white cube setting wouldn't really work.”

The exhibition continues until 5 December 2010.

Jane O'Sullivan

Above: Installation view of Kate Rohde's Fantasma exhibition. Courtesy: the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

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