We are happy to announce Imagined Life, an exhibition by Cathy Laudenbach, as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.
Cathy Laudenbach is an Australian photo media artist who works with various forms of the photographic medium: including film, digital and video.
She is currently completing a PhD in Photo-media. She has exhibited widely in Australia in the major photography galleries including the Centre for Contemporary Photography and the Australian Centre for Photography.
Cathy’s work has also been exhibited internationally in Japan, Germany and New Zealand. Cathy has completed numerous art residencies and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including receiving three Arts ACT new work grants and an Australia Council grant. Cathy won the Olive Cotton Portrait Prize in 2000. Her work is included in numerous Australian public collections.
*Cathy received an arts grant from the ACT government to complete the residency at Studio Kura.
Here are some words from the artist herself.
I have been influenced by recent Japanese stories of place including the Fukushima tsunami and the recent earthquakes on Kyushu. It has also recently been Obon when Japanese people welcome back their dead relatives. My work is a creative reflection to these stories of place.
I have made two related bodies of work during the residency.
In the first series I used dead insects, crabs and birds collected in the local area to make imprints or traces onto photographic paper. I have also experimented with printing some of these works onto Japanese washi paper made in Miyangi ken, near where the tsunami happened in 2011.
In the second series I constructed mythical insects and birds. They have shelters attached to their bodies, to help them withstand both death and disaster.
The creatures in the images look both familiar and unfamiliar and they look alive – that however is imaginary.
Cathy Laudenbach “Imagined Life”
Date: September 24 (Saturday) & 25 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an artist talk and opening party on Saturday the 24th, starting at 15:30.
* The exhibition by other four artists (Anne-Sophie Guillet, Thomas Hoeren, Inkeri Jäntti, Nazia Andaleeb Preema) will be held during the same exhibition period.