MUMA’s 2013 artist in residence at the Gippsland Centre for Art & Design is Melbourne-based painter Kate Smith. Originally from a property outside Cootamundra in New South Wales, Smith responds to the rural setting of the campus to present A Country Practice. The title looks back to the popular Australian television series of the 1980s and early ‘90s; Smith’s exhibition recalls her student years at the School of Art at the Australian National University with her attempt during the residency to cover all the media offered in GCAD’s studios for painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and digital media. Retrospective in the sense of looking to her past, the exhibition sees her return to printmaking, or to her earlier desire to study photography and textiles, while also including the knowingly naïve abstract paintings and assemblages that are her principal form of expression.
Curator's talk, Tuesday 3 September, 4.30pm
Image: Kate Smith, A Country Practice, installation view: Swithback Gallery, Monash University Gippsland Campus. Photo: Neale Stratford