Inspired by what is around her, Kate Kurucz looks for the strange combinations and connections between things. It might be something that she sees from the bus, the way that objects interact or light falling on a face. A current obsession is with anthropomorphic food, such as funny-face cookies, and their potential to be human proxies: expressive, engaging, grotesque.
To create her paintings she often builds a set as a reference, or places objects together in unusual pairings. She is moved by the potential of paint to create moments of intense emotion and fascinated by the way the 'stuff' of paint can be physically manipulated. Taking part in the Collections Project (Art Gallery of South Australia) in 2016 has been a highlight for Kurucz. She is grateful everyday to have the opportunity to paint and that her practice is so irrevocably ingrained with her life.
2016, Guildhouse Collections Project, Art Gallery of South Australia, SA
2016, Six Contemporary Painters, Floating Goose Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2016, Black Swan Prize Finalists Exhibition, Art Gallery of Western Australia, WA
2012, Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours, Adelaide Central School of Art, SA
2010, Diploma of Visual Art, Adelaide Central School of Art, SA
2016, Highly Commended, Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, WA
2016, Finalist, Paddington Art Prize, NSW
2016, Winner, Emma Hack Art Prize, SA