Kate Nixon is currently a visiting artist in Glass at the ANU SOA&D.
Kate’s work explores how private identities are expressed through the things we collect and the material mass we will eventually leave behind. She is interested in the value and function of collected objects and the narrative that is formed through the creative activity of assembling a collection. By exploiting the transformative properties of glass, cheap knick-knacks, 1970s wallpaper and gaudy flowers morph into precious decorations, adorning large urns and sparkling mosaics.
Working out of the world-class Canberra Glassworks, Kate divides her time between creating one-off works for exhibition, commissions and her production range, as well as assisting some of Australia’s leading glassblowers.
Image: Kate Nixon Afterwards (detail), photo credit Craig Arnold, 2015