Kate Newby, If You Feel It Stoneware, porcelain, mid-fired and high-fired, glazed and painted, 2012-2014   
Kate Newby’s work incorporates large-scale interventions in public spaces, text works, photographs of the everyday and recently, series of handmade rocks and sticks. The materials she chooses are commonplace, ranging from those associated with the external built environment - wood, bricks, concrete, clay - and internal domestic spaces - carpet, bed linen, towels, clay. The elements she utilises hint at a life outdoors, wind, water, sun, a muddy footprint, and the titles to fundamental actions and ordinary practices. Often the outside is brought in - both physically and abstractedly - and vice versa.

Newby’s work is transgressive. She calls for fluidity whilst pointing to the potential of action. She addresses the world around her as directly as she can. Her work is honest, it is liberating and it is celebratory.

Newby typically uses encounters and elements of her immediate environment to interrupt, reconsider and even challenge the site. As part of her first solo exhibition in London the artist will occupy the gallery space over the summer period resulting in a site-responsive installation insistent on immediate experiences developed over time. Though Newby’s work often appears slight and grounded in everyday common actions it is foregrounded by a notion of dwelling.
Kate Newby (1979, Auckland, New Zealand) is based between Auckland, New Zealand and New York, USA. She was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Walters Prize awarded for an outstanding contribution to contemporary art in New Zealand. Her work will be included in The Promise, at The Arnolfini, 19.07.2014 – 09.11.2014. Recent solo exhibitions include Maybe I won't go to sleep at all, La Loge, Brussels, Let the other thing in, Fogo Island Gallery, I’m just like a pile of leaves, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, and Crawl out your window, GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, 2010. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Witte de With, Rotterdam, Museo de Arte Zapopan (MAZ), Guadalajara, 2011; the Brussels Biennial and more. Recent residencies include the International Studio and Curatorial Program ISCP, New York, Fogo Island Arts Corporation Residency, Newfoundland and SOMA, Mexico City, 2010.