Kate Banazi was born in London and studied at Central St Martins. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia.
Her current work celebrates relationships, the body in space, movement, shadows and colour. Interlocking shapes are held together lightly but always ready to fall apart. Negative space and line work map chaos, voids and beauty.
Repetition, ritual, science and colour theory hold great interest and are often referenced in her work with elements exploring her own mixed heritage and familial ties.
Work is created from life drawings and self portraits dissected with singular elements pulled and repeated which are then configured recreating abstracted bodies.
Sometimes these are floating in space, untethered, a seemingly simple shape asking the viewer to look closer and see more. Sometimes, hidden behind grids and blocks retaining control and safety behind overlaid chaos, with always the intention for the bodies to be reconstructed and reinterpreted by the viewers eye the interpretation of visibility being significant.
For many years she has been exploring the themes of beauty and who dictates what its definition. Interpreting this to a raw and honest embrace of the flaws in the silkscreen - the silkscreens are un-retouched, pinholes and marks which normally would be repaired are accepted and celebrated contrary to the idea of printmaking as a facsimile process, utilising it as a painting medium creating one of a kind pieces rather than editions.
Kate has worked on a diverse multidisciplinary art based practice with silkscreen printing, sculpture and painting, through to collaborations in fashion, music, illustration and advertising with explorations into light, colour and graphic motifs with an experimental, intuitive and often playful foundation.
She has exhibited in group and solo shows Internationally and her work is collected and commissioned by private, public and corporate collectors worldwide.