Generally of a modest, intimate scale, Newby’s work has been known to occupy entire spaces through architectural interventions. In doing so her delicate works advocate a heightened perceptual awareness and encourages consideration to the relationship between people and the environment where sculpture takes place. Deliberately situating her practice in the historical framework of Land Art, Newby takes an urban, domestic, feminist perspective on it. She offers an incisive rebuttal of this male-dominated artistic field with her preoccupation to create and underline a much more fluid, fleeting relationship with sites and materials.
Kate Newby (B. 1979 New Zealand) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2012 she was awarded the renowned Walter’s Prize. Newby graduated with a Doctor of Fine Arts (2015) from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts. Selected solo exhibitions include Wild was the night, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France (2019, A puzzling light and moving. (Part II and Part III), lumber room, Portland, OR (2019), Bring Everyone, Fine Arts Sydney, Sydney (2019), Nothing in my life feels big enough, Cooper Cole, Toronto (2019); Nothing that's over so soon should give you that much strength, curated by Mathijs van Geest, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, (2018), A puzzling light and moving. (Part I), lumber room, Portland, OR, (2018), All the stuff you already know, The Sunday Painter, London (2018), I can’t nail the days down, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2018) Swift little verbs pushing the big nouns around, Michael Lett, Auckland (2018); Let me be the wind that pulls your hair, Artpace, San Antonio (2017); Two aspirins a vitamin C tablet and some baking soda, Laurel Doody, Los Angeles (2015); I feel like a truck on a wet highway, Lulu, Mexico City (2014). Selected group exhibitions include 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018); Scrap Metal, Toronto (2017); Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (2017); Sculpture Center, New York (2017); Casa del Lago, Mexico City (2015); Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland (2015); and Arnolfini, Bristol (2014).