Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, 10 Aug – 3 Sep 2016.
“Kate Rohde’s collection of zoomorphic sculptures create a fantastical environment; hyperactive and hyper-detailed. Animals and plants become spectacles of human desire as mankind trumps nature in an immersive space filled with cast-resin furniture, elaborate vessels, mounted heads and psychedelic wall treatment.
The embellishments imitate nature, there is something decisively unnatural about them. Horns sprout from chairs, cat heads are gruesomely fused into one and flowers are twisted into handles. Rabbits appear as proud, half bodies. ‘I’m compelled and repulsed in equal measure’ states Rohde. Her long standing fascination with zoological drawings and taxidermy speaks to a constant exploration of how nature is subservient to the desires of mankind…” *
documentor: kerry leonard camera: lx100