Katrina Beekhuis creates installations using objects or structures which are embedded, aligned or enmeshed with the physical space they inhabit. Conceptually tenuous, they seep between the world of the everyday and the rarefied art object, softening demarcations between original/model, abstract/concrete and painting/sculpture. Katrina is interested in understanding how perception is shaped in the world and how value and meaning accrue. Her research looks at whether these perceptual changes are external or internal to the object or a tangled interchange of both.
During her residency at Gasworks, Katrina will develop a series of floor-based works using her previous work Lino floor mat (Agnes Martin) (2016) as a point of departure. She will research historical works which cross ontological boundaries, acting as both everyday thing and art work. Through this research, she will attempt to understand how something thin, abstract and hard to pin down with language, can effectively articulate a social or political gesture; how this doubt, doubling-back or non-specificity may offer something closer to lived experience, and be more robust, than something unequivocal and distinct.
Katrina Beekhuis lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. Recent exhibitions include, Potters pink, Te Tuhi Centre For The Arts; grammars, Dunedin Public Art Gallery; Soft Architecture, Malcolm Smith Gallery (all 2016); and Movement toward and away, Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland (2015). She was awarded The Iris Fisher Scholarship by Te Tuhi Centre For The Arts, Auckland and The Fowlds Memorial Prize for distinction within the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, The University of Auckland.
Katrina’s residency is co-organised by Jan Warburton Charitable Trust and Stephanie Post, with the support of David and Libby Richwhite and the NZ Friends of Gasworks, in collaboration with Creative New Zealand and Elam School of Fine Arts, the University of Auckland.