Granite Painting, Mount Amos, Freycinet (II)

Katie Stackhouse

gouache, acrylic paint, earth pigments, polymer medium, pigmented oil stick on canvas / 1900 x 1590 cm

Grounded in an enduring connection with ‘Mount Amos, Granite Painting, Mount Amos, Freycinet (II)’ represents a profoundly immersive artistic process that translates into painting what is sensed by the artist at the site – from the land and its ecosystem. Created on the rocky slopes of Mount Amos, the canvas directly laid upon the granite serves as a channel for the artist’s interaction with the environment. Utilising pigmented washes with water sourced from the site as a beginning, layers of crystalline granite forms have been frottaged onto the canvas. This painting process is a collaborative relationship with non-human agents, including weather, geology, and plant life. It draws upon the artist’s interpretation of materiality, deep time, and their intricate entanglements at the site. Akin to Turner lashing himself to a ship’s mast for an embodied experience, this approach recasts the artist from an observer to an active participant in the ongoing dialogue between nature and art, which can be subsequently shared with an audience. Inspired by physicist Karen Barad and political theorist Jane Bennett, the frottaged gestures code the complex entanglements, material vibrancy, and the agency of geological elements present at the site, ultimately paying homage to the intricate relationships within nature that shape a place.


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Katie Stackhouse

Born Launceston Lives and works in Naarm/Melbourne


2021 Master of Contemporary Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
(First Class Honours)
2017 Graduate Certificate of Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
(First Class Honours)
2004 Post-Graduate Diploma of Education, Southern Cross University
2001 Post-Graduate Study, Gerrit Rietveld Art Académie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1999 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Hobart School of Art, University of Tasmania


2023 SYMPHŌNÍA, hosted by MARS Gallery and Cecil St Precinct, Old Union Bank (September 23)
2023 Sound and Syncopation, Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery (May – June 23)
2018 Perspicuity, Rubicon ARI
2000 Aves, Poimena Art Gallery
2024 The 68th Blake Art Prize, finalist, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, upcoming, May 2024
2023 Incinerator Art Award – Art for Social Change 2023, finalist, Incinerator Gallery
50th Anniversary Exhibition, Meridian Sculpture Foundry
MILK, The Final Drop, MILK Gallery
Agony in Lines – sculpture installation at Grainger Museum, Naarm/Melbourne, in collaboration with singer and
composer Sunny Kim (Australian Art Orchestra), Grainger residency presented as part of NGV design week (MayJune 23)
2022 Love, work (for KD), Sarah Scout Presents
An Ear to the Edge of Sound, MILK Gallery
VAS HALOS, Meat Market Stables
2021 Master of Contemporary Art, Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts
Square of Sunlight, Backwoods Gallery, curated by Helen Gory
From Where I Stand III, Art Space, Victorian College of the Arts, curated by Kim Donaldson
2020 On Kindness and Care, Centre of Visual Art (COVA), Curated by Vikki McInnes
Going Around in Circles, VCA Artspace
2019 Praxis 5, Sarang building, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia, in collaboration with Project Eleven
From Where I Stand II, Art Space, Victorian College of the Arts
Friends and Family, Daine Singer
2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, finalist, Woollahra Council
Whatever (doesn’t) works!!! Assembly Point at Creative Spaces, curated by Masato Takasaka
While They Decide, Art Space, Victorian College of the Arts
Embodied Materialities, Assembly Point at Creative Spaces
Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
2017 Graduate Exhibition, Art Space, Victorian College of the Arts
Parameters/Frameworks, George Paton Gallery
2016 Trailblazing Women of Herstory, Neospace
2010 PG Printmaker Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Finalist, Emerging Artist Awards, Piece Gallery, Northern Rivers Arts 2005 Bob Brown Exhibition, Christine Abrahams
Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Hold the Pickle, Lettuce Take New Meaning, First Draft Gallery, Sydney
Melbourne & Sydney Affordable Art Fair, PG Printmaker Gallery, Melbourne
2003 4 from the Island, Poimena Arts Gallery
Finalist, Poimena National Art Awards, Poimena Art Gallery
2002 Sync and Joyride, Ten Days on the Island Festival
White Trash Medium Rare, CAST Gallery, Hobart,
Flip Top Heart, Salamanca Theatre Company, Backspace Theatre, Hobart
1999 The Printmaking Show, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart,
Wild Spaces Film Festival, Salamanca Place, Hobart Inka Art Printmaking Show, Hobart
1998 A Flourishing Ecology, Long Gallery, Hobart Works under Pressure, Side Space Gallery, Hobart Cygnet Printmakers,
Tapir Print Works, Cygnet Finalist, Tasmanian Trust Bank Awards, Launceston
1997 Excursive Sight, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart Excursive Sight, Cradle Mountain Visitor’s Centre, Beaching the Whale, Long
Gallery, Hobart

2021 Sculpture commission, Curated by Maudie Palmer AO, for private collection, Victoria
2019 VCA Access Mentorship participation
2013 Australian Regional Art Fund & Regional Arts Tasmania Grant for the curation of Time
2006 Scholarship, and Regional Arts Australia Grant to study at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, USA
Artworks held in private collections in Australia, Europe, Japan, and the USA

2021 Granite V – Lost Rocks Project, book of writing and photographs commissioned by A Published Event


2023 InPlace Artist Residency, Garambi Baan /Laughing Waters Cultural Precinct, Oct/Nov
2008 Durrmu Arts, Peppimenarti Art Centre, Northern Territory
2006 Scholarship and Grant, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Tasmanian Regional Arts Fund Grant, to attend Haystack
Mountain School of Crafts studio program, Maine, USA
Saltgrass Printmakers, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
2001 Laurierstraat, Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Smith, Damian, exhibition essay, Agony in Lines, Grainger Museum, 2023
Mead, Josephine, exhibition essay, An Ear to the Edge of Sound, 2022
Mead, Josephine, exhibition essay, VAS HALOS, 2022
Butt, Danny ‘Open Access and Collaborative Exchange’ exhibition catalogue for Praxis 5, Sarang building, Yogyakarta,
Indonesia, 2019
Calahan, Stephanie, Just in Time, Art Monthly Australia 257, March 2013, page 79
Burke, Justin, Timing’s right for this show, The Australian February 14, page 14
Fitzgibbon, Rebecca, It’s time to reflect on Art, The Mercury February 13, 2013
King, Belinda, Contemplating Time – ABC audio interview February 28, 2013

2000-2024 Art Educator at selected colleges and institutions (Westbourne Grammar, Bialik College, MRSS, Kormilda
College, NT, NSW Department of Education, Morna Valley International school, Spain)
2024 Art educator at MPavilion workshop for Tarrawarra Museum of Art
2015-2022 Education program volunteer, Heide Museum of Modern Art
2019 Art Forum speaker, VCA, Sept 19; exhibiting in ‘PRAXIS 5’, Java, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2018 Speaker in ‘Finalists in Conversation’ event – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney
Participant in the Wilin on Country excursion hosted by The Wilin Centre, Victorian College of the Arts and
Gunditjmara Elders at Lake Condah Mission and surrounds on Gunditjmara country.
Participant of Changemakers Symposium and workshop lead by Patricia Piccinini, Rachel Marsden and Tess
Maunder, Hosted by ACP Projects, and The Victorian College of the Ar
2013 Curator of Time Exhibition, Poimena Art Gallery, Launceston
2008-2009 Facilitator of artmaking workshops, for the Yothu-Yindi Foundation in the Garma Cultural Program Forum at
Garma Festival, North-East Arnhem Land
2008 Editioning printmaker, Basil Hall Printmaking Editions, for senior artists from remote communities, Darwin
Facilitator of Printmaking workshops, Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs Art tutor, The Batchelor Institute,
Indigenous tertiary education, Alice Springs
2007-2008 Field and gallery arts worker at Papunya Tula Artists, Kintore (Walungurru) and Alice Springs

Maroondah Council Arts Advisory Committee, 2023 – current
Selected participant T-Project Public Art mentoring program, 2023
NAVA member, Member of The Women’s Art Register

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