[New Orchid Gallery] Kate Alterio

Kate Alterio

Kate Alterio is a Wellington based multidisciplinary artist who
works in contemporary jewellery, painting, and photography. Her work
often explores diversity, the tension between opposites, human
connectedness, physical, metaphysical and spiritual themes.

My journey as an artist has taken a circuitous route, beginning with
contemporary jewellery, moving into painting and more recently to
photography. I find it deeply satisfying to work with different
media, pushing my personal and technical boundaries to express ideas
in multiple ways. Each medium has a different quality: the precision
of jewellery, the fluid nature of painting, and capturing and
holding time with photography.

I am a great believer in responding to the natural flow of life and
embracing opportunities as they arise. Several mentors have
contributed to my development as an artist: Dorthe Kristensen in
jewellery, Claire Beynon in painting, and Heinz Sobiecki, James
Gilberd and John Williams in photography. Each experience was
transformative, opening doors for me to explore and discover
different aspects of myself.

Through creative expression, I connect the spiritual and physical
worlds, bringing the formless into the world of form. I often
explore diversity, human connectedness, physical, metaphysical and
spiritual themes. My conceptual approach questions the relationships
between ego and consciousness, duality and paradox, and liminality
and transformative processes.

For me, the process of creating is somewhat meditative with each
medium calling for a unique approach. At times, different media and
themes cross over or respond to each other in ways that inspire new
directions or suggest solutions to technical challenges. The act of
creation requires faith. It is rare to know everything when I start
a new body of work. Often there is an unfolding journey that I must
trust in and even surrender to. My intention is to create a sense of
stillness and potency in my work that invites viewers to feel a
corresponding resonance within themselves.

My work is held in private and corporate collections in New Zealand
and overseas.

Passion is contagious! Show us your passion, Show us your work!

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