Kate Alterio | BIO < back to artists

Kate Alterio is a Wellington based multidisciplinary artist who works in: contemporary jewellery, painting, and photography. Her work often explores diversity, the tension between opposites, human connectedness, physical, metaphysical and spiritual themes.

In my series, Conceal - Reveal, I use my experience and skills as a jewellery/object-maker as a springboard into exciting new territory. I have long been interested in notions of revelation and concealment; in this new body of work (Chinagraph, ink on paper with sand-blasted glass, brass-and-steel rivets and lacquered custom wood) I make deliberate reference to earlier collections crafted in precious metals. The combination of solid and transparent materials alludes to the relationship between our physical and spiritual worlds, providing me with a material context within which to explore different states of being and ways of seeing. In our journey through life, we are continually engaged in a process of opening and closing doors, of revealing and concealing. We live with many more questions than answers. Mystery waits behind each door, around every corner. Do we ever catch more than a small glimpse of the endlessly mysterious whole?

Conceal - Reveal is dedicated to Claire Beynon, a wonderful friend and mentor.

As Above, So Below
2011, Ink on paper, sand-blasted glass, brass & steel rivets & lacquered custom wood, 1070 x 330mm - $2200
 
Beneath the Surface
2011, Chinagraph, ink on paper, sand-blasted glass, brass & steel rivets & laquered custom wood, 406 x 450mm - $1750
 
Fallen (diptych)
2011, Ink on paper, sand-blasted glass, brass & steel rivets & lacquered custom wood, 650 x 880mm - $3100
 
The Entrance
2011, Ink on paper, sand-blasted glass, brass & steel rivets & lacquered custom wood, 586 x 320mm - $1850
 
The Possibility
2011, Ink on paper, sand-blasted glass, brass & steel rivets & lacquered custom wood, 540 x 330mm - $1800
 
The Divide
2011, Chinagraph, ink on paper, sand-blasted glass, brass & steel rivets and lacquered custom wood, 560 x 340mm - $1800
 
Somewhere In Between
2011, Ink on paper, sand-blasted glass, brass &steel rivets & lacquered custom wood, 310 x 620mm - $1750
 
Until We Meet Again
2011, Ink on paper, sand-blasted glass, brass & steel rivets & lacquered custom wood, 280 x 1000mm - $2000

Alchemy:

* noun. A medieval chemical philosophy having as its asserted aims the transmutation of base metals into gold, the discovery of the panacea, and the preparation of the elixir of longevity.

* figurative. A process by which paradoxical results are achieved or incompatible elements combined with no obvious rational explanation : his conducting managed by some alchemy to give a sense of fire and ice.

* A seemingly magical power or process of transmutation and transformation.


ALCHEMY is a collaborative exhibition by Kate Alterio, contemporary jeweller, and Claire Beynon, visual artist, the expression of an interdisciplinary conversation that has taken shape over time and distance, and that draws together a range of artistic media.

Integral to ALCHEMY has been a co-mentoring process. Kate and Claire have combined the conceptual approaches and technical skills relevant to their independent disciplines, each enabling the other to step outside their usual areas of expertise and into a world of new possibilities. Kate has taught Claire jewellery and metalworking techniques; Claire has introduced Kate to drawing, painting, and related mark-marking skills. This co-mentoring aspect adds a unique dimension to this exhibition. Both artists have taken on the challenge of working in new media, with an eye on creative, technical and personal transformation.

Another unique element in this show is that the artists have co-created several of the works. Their collaborative pieces (limited editions of framed wearable jewellery and a series of inter-disciplinary, mixed media 2D works) complement and sit alongside their individual contributions (jewellery, wall installations, 3D sculptural works, drawings and paintings). Their solo voices emerge through their individual works, and their collaborative voice through combined pieces that carry both their signatures.

Claire and Kate believe that by sharing ideas and resources and crossing the parameters of their various disciplines, everyone benefits. Boundaries - many of them imaginary - are broken down, reinforcing the common ground between us.

Alchemy is presented as a journey that begins with individual pieces, moves through to collaborative works and ultimately arrives at a place where the boundaries between who made what merge. By laying out their process in this way, Kate and Claire hope to challenge traditional views of attachment and ownership and promote the idea that creative partnerships contain strong elements of gifting.


Leap and a net will appear.

Warm thanks to Vince Moug, Alan Rennie, Matt Stechmann, Luke O'Connell, Dorthe Kristensen, Graham Burgess, Alan Stocker, David McLeod, Jenny Duff, Amelia Pascoe, James Watson, Katie Hecker, Sandy Booth, Paul Craig, Olaf Wehr-Candler, Liz Johns, Paul Orr, Tomas van Ammers, Ewan Duff, Pete Halliday, Lesley Winter and Ron O'kane for their support, generosity, patience, good humour and technical ingenuity. Within unity is diversity!

To Harold Klug, who opened my eyes and let the light in. - Kate Alterio.