I am interested in the themes of identity, memory, art history and suburbia. I use unconventional materials that include synthetic fur to make soft sculptures. I combine oppositional ideas such as the outside inside, remembrance with play and minimalism with sentimentality.
Larger scale forest based works include My Monument: White Forest, 2009, My Monument: Black Garden, 2010 engaged with ideas of remembrance where the interior space of the museum encourages the housing of memory and history. The smaller scale objects incorporate the interior garden and refer to art history through the cube or the plinth to make objects that house memory.
For me, synthetic fur references the exaggerated emotional content and sentimentality that is inherent in soft toy imagery and challenges questions of taste. Reference to 1970s interior design is combined domesticity and art history in Orange Cube, 2015.
Courtesy of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Kathy Temin is an Associate Professor at MADA, Monash University, Melbourne. Her work has featured in numerous local, national and international projects since 1990, including Neverwhere, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey; Pet Cemetery, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne; Black Gardens, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; Less is More, Minimal and Post Minimal Art in Australia, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; My Landscape, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington.
In 2012 she completed the public artwork Garden Islands for the City of Stonnington and in 2009 her work was the subject of a 20 year survey exhibition at the Heide Museum of Modern Art and in 2012 her work was featured on the ABC's Art Nation. Kathy's work is also collected by Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; MCA, Sydney; National Gallery Australia, Canberra; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Newcastle Regional Art Gallery; NGV, Melbourne; AGWA, Perth; AGSA, Adelaide; Monash University Gallery Collection; Heide Museum of Modern Art; Lyon Collection Lyon Housemuseum, Melbourne.
synthetic fur, synthetic filling, wood, steel
70 x 70 cm
Highly Commended; Finalist
Judges of the 2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Dr Michael Brand (Director of the Art Gallery of NSW), Penelope Seidler AM (Arts Patron and Director of Harry Seidler & Associates) and Barbara Flynn (International Curatorial Advisor).