ARTIST

Kate Kato

Artist

Biography

“Using recycled paper, wire and thread, I try to capture the delicate detail and beauty found in nature. My work is influenced by plants, insects and found objects which I recreate as intricate, life-sized sculptures and arrange carefully into collections, installations and dioramas. I have always been fascinated by nature and my work focuses on documenting what I discover and how we connect with the natural world. It often represents the experiences of myself or others, linking people to places and moments in time through curated collections of specific species. I use recycled paper to encourage you to look closer and consider the small and hidden details that may normally be over looked. I leave aspects of the original materials visible so the sculptures looks real and not real at the same time, inviting you to question the objects you see and the worlds or experiences I have documented.

Originally from Bristol, I completed my BA(hons) in Graphic Design at the University of the West of England in 2006. During my degree I focused on book making and print, developing skills in book binding, type setting and screen printing. I explored ideas of narrative and alternative ways of presenting stories and books, working intensively with paper. After graduating, I worked as a freelance graphic designer, creating printed designs for branding and marketing. In 2014 I moved to the Welsh countryside with my family. Living rurally helped me to reconnect with nature and find my creative curiosity again. I decided to take my practice in a different and more personal direction, establishing myself as an artist and developing the sculptures I create today. I live and work just outside the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye and have exhibited work nationally and internationally. I have worked for clients such as Sotheby’s, Conde Nast Publications and Oroton and have artwork in public and private collections around the world.”