Kate Scardifield is a visual artist with an interdisciplinary and experimental studio practice. Traversing textiles, sculpture, installation, video and sound, her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout Australia and in recent exhibitions in New Zealand and the United States. She likens her practice to a process of anatomical enquiry; mining history for intersecting systems and patterns that culminate in re-imaginings of the body, site and space. Her approach to making is research driven, drawing largely on archival material and exhumed collection objects from across the fields of medicine, anthropology, and contemporary art. Across all her works an innate connection to materiality is evident and the diverse forms that eventuate embody process driven investigations.
Her work has been featured in the Australian Art Collector, Artlink, Das Platforms and Textile Fibre Forum. Kate is a 2012 Freedman scholar, the 2013 recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for sculpture and has received a New Work grant from the Australian Council for the Arts. She has participated in international residency programs in New Delhi (2012), Paris (2012) and Oaxaca (2014) and was selected for Sydney’s Creative Live Work Studios program (2015/2016).
In 2016 Kate presented ‘When moving through ruins’, a solo exhibition at The Glasshouse and new work commission for Port Macquarie Regional Gallery. In 2017, to date Kate has presented Microgravity at the Powerhouse Museum and serves on the Artist Advisory Group at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.