Kate Rohde's sculptural work has its foundations in craft materials such as papier mâché, fake fur, air dry clay and paper. This was due to the artist having no formal training in traditional sculptural mediums, so it was a matter of working with the simple and familiar materials and childhood art and craft projects. Over time, with the development of self-taught skills, she now works predominately with resin and hand casting techniques but has also expanded into large scale digital prints and wallpapers to help create maximal environments. Rohde's varied skills and interests have seen her work in a number of creative arenas including art, jewellery and design. The over-arching theme of Rohde’s work is the relationship between humans and nature, with a particular emphasis on the collection of natural history specimens and their use as the basis for decorative arts design, and prominence as motifs in historical art movements such as Rococo and Art Nouveau.
Courtesy of the artist and Pieces of Eight Gallery