- Kate Stehr
Kate Stehr is a trained sculptor with a Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours). Her two key artistic pursuits are sculpture and collage, with each practice different and yet informing the other.
In her recent ladders and architecturally inspired works Kate returns to her interest in creating absurdist structures. These playful works, invite the viewer to explore. The use of ladders and stairs, encourage the eye to move through and over the forms. Made predominantly from reclaimed timbers, these works reference the surrealist landscapes of Escher.
In the recent Scribing Tools series, she continues to explore her interest in telling stories. She has had a long interest in creating works that explore the traditional narratives that are the foundation of our cultures, as evidenced in the research and creative works for her Masters of Philosophy Degree.
More recently Kate has had an interest in creating sculptural ‘runes’. These small timber works sought to distil personal narratives and remembrances into simplified sculptural forms. This led to a desire to create a playful series of scribing instruments. She saw these works as being the tools from which her runes were drawn.
She has argued in previous work series that traditional narratives need to be retold and reinterpreted for contemporary audiences. These scribing tools belong as part of these artistic explorations, providing a link between story and written word. Using transmedial narratology as a framework, she explores how narratives can be conveyed as sculptural forms. Transmedial narratology contends that narrative can be conveyed through all the creative mediums, not just oral and written forms.
Predominantly hand carved from timber in a naïve style, these works also feature found objects. Resembling giant, often disjointed brushes and styluses, the works encourage the audience to visualise them in use, in scrawling imagined gestures. What marks might they splash across the chosen surface, if picked up and dipped in ink? The abstraction of form and the desire to play with a sculptural ‘line’ can also be found in the linear wall pieces.