Kait James joins Neon Parc stable

Naarm/Melbourne Gallery Neon Parc welcomes Wadawurrung woman and award-winning contemporary artist Kait James to its stable.

Words: Adriana Borsey

Neon Parc have announced gallery representation of Kait James. James reflects on her Indigenous heritage whilst addressing the importance of calling out western culture’s dominance over Australia’s history and how Australia and the world perceive First Nations Peoples.

James recently revealed a section of her 193-panel commission as part of the Geelong Arts Centre Redevelopment, alongside Geelong Arts Centre CEO & Creative Director, Joel McGuinness, and Wadawurrung Woman, Corrina Eccles. James’ work appears on the external Western facade of the Geelong Arts Centre Redevelopment, focusing on subverting stereotypes of Indigenous culture, through the artists’ signature embroidered  Aboriginal souvenir tea towels from the 1970s and 80s, imbued with pop-cultural references and political statements.

James’ work is held in various public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat; Geelong Gallery, Geelong; Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Epworth Hospital Collection, Melbourne; and Artbank, Australia.

The artist’s work has been recently featured in Vogue Living (2022); Frankie Magazine (2021); Art Monthly Australasia (2020); NGV Magazine (2020) and ABC Radio National (2020).

The artist has held solo exhibitions at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library (2022); Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat (2021); Geelong Gallery, Geelong (2021); and Koorie Heritage Trust, Naarm/Melbourne (2019).

James’s inaugural exhibition with Neon Parc, Dirty Laundry continues until Saturday 15th October 2022.

This article was posted 13 October 2022.

Image: Portrait of Kait James, 2022. Courtesy: the artist and Neon Parc, Melbourne.

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