This is an artwork by Kate Rohde, a contemporary Melbourne-based artist and designer whose practice embraces art, craft and design elements. She is recognised as a leading Australian maker who creates decorative objects, jewellery, wallpaper, interiors, sculpture, fashion. Kate is well-known for combining historical decorative motifs and contemporary materials such as polyurethane in the creation of her 3-D objects and jewellery.
Her investigations into the changing nature and perception of decorative arts blurs traditional boundaries between design, decorative art and fine art that is reflective of our time. Kate is recognised for making jewellery and objects from polyurethane that strongly reference historical precedents and convey a strong creative voice of her own, using both figurative and ornamental motifs.
Deer Vase is her largest polyurethane work to date and is made from a single mould, demonstrating an ambition in the scale and scope of the work. She has developed a highly recognisable signature style which at this point in time articulates a sophistication and understanding of plasticity, materials and technique. It features deer-like creatures entwined around the form of the vase along with stylised plants, antlers, birds, gems and crystals. The overt references to decorative arts from the Baroque and Rococo periods in this work have a number of meaningful associations with historical objects already in the MAAS collection.
Katie Dyer, Curator Contemporary, 2017