The Tasmanian Craft Fair selects an emerging artist each year that we feel has the potential to have a successful career in their chosen art or craft.
In 2017 we have selected Kate Piekutowski, an Australian/Polish artist who predominantly works within the area of printmaking. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Piekutowski finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the University of Tasmania and later completed her Masters of Fine Arts.
Through the medium of etching, she explores the concept of cultural identity. Her works reflect on a disconnection with her Polish heritage and ancestors as well as discusses the history of Europe and its folkloric background.
Being a first-generation child of migrants, Kate is intrigued by the concept of belonging. Piekutowski intends to trigger within the prints senses of nostalgia and memories of a ‘homeland’ as well as depicting her own personal naivety of a romanticized world.
Piekutowski has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Gallery Pejean, Colville Gallery, Inka Gallery, The Stable Gallery, Rebecca Roth Gallery, Goulburn Street Gallery, Sidespace Gallery, BSG Gallery, The Long Gallery as well as internationally. She has also completed artist residencies in Italy, Greece and New Zealand.