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A Pretty Folly opening at The Riddoch

A Pretty Folly opening at The Riddoch
23 November 2022

Kate Rohde, Ornament Crimes, 2015, mixed media. Photo by Brooke Holm.
Kate Rohde A Pretty Folly
Kate Rohde, Ornament Crimes, 2015, mixed media. Photo by Brooke Holm.

Enter Kate Rohde’s fantastic world of bold contrasts with her exhibition, A Pretty Folly, opening at the Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre on Friday 25 November 2022 at 6:00pm.

Kate Rohde is a Melbourne-based artist renowned for her innovative use of resin to create contemporary sculptures and jewellery that distinctly recall European art history. Rohde’s resin sculptures are for curious eyes to view, enjoy, and ponder. Positioned somewhere between the real and the imagined, her work is complemented by lush wallpapers resplendent in designs featuring gems and crystals and coral-like forms.

The title of the exhibition lends a cautionary tale to viewers: A Pretty Folly – dare we lust after beauty?

Manager Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre Diana Warnes said sculptures and wallpaper will transform the Cathleen Edkins Gallery.

Kate creates rooms of joyous colour, and endless intrigue. It’s wonderful that we can showcase Kate’s richly themed and colourful work over summer, Manager Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre Diana Warnes

The exhibition highlights baroque and rococo-inspired urns and vases transformed into 21st century objects of desire through clever use of riotous colour and fluid shapes. The solid forms of the vases and urns are contrasted with curious birds, rabbits and other animals that are perched or peek out between vegetal motifs.

The community has the opportunity to work with Kate during a resin workshop held in The Riddoch’s art studio on Saturday 26 November at 10:30am.

“Participants will learn the essential skills for designing their own small wearable or sculptural objects,” said Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre Coordinator Talie Teakle.

“This workshop will be very popular; we encourage people to book fast”.

For more information on the exhibition and workshop visit www.theriddoch.com.au or follow social media channels @theriddoch.

Kate Rohde: A Pretty Folly is on display from 26 November 2022 to 29 January 2023 at the Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Communications Officer Madeleine Brookes on 8721 2577 or media@mountgambier.sa.gov.au