Kate James, The World is a Dangerous Place from her body of work titled Anxiety Survival Kit, selected from the School of Art, RMIT for HATCHED 05, National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth May 20-July 3.
Kate James describes her work as “an ongoing enquiry into the experience of anxiety in both humans and domestic animals. The work arms the sufferer with emergency devices to either hide from or confront their fears. While the apparatus provides a sense of safety, protection and comfort, paradoxical feelings of unease, discomfort and restraint are also created. In their attempt to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, they appear to replicate the very problem they seek to overcome.” Commencing a Master of Art by Research in the School of Fine Art at RMIT, Kate James is “currently filming abnormal behaviours in animals that may signify the presence of anxiety and using labour-intensive techniques such as spinning, felt-making and knitting in order to construct more garments/devices.”