About

About

Studio Kat Art
Raadvad 40
DK - 2800 Lyngby
DENMARK
+44 (0)7 30 81 61 981
kat@katrineskovsgaard.net

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A contemporary artist needs a written statement that introduces a coherent body of work with context, possibly with a narrative that reveals the work as a logical culmination of a personal journey of hardship. My personal journey is that of a chronic headache that upset the balance of self-care on one side and producing work as an artist on the other. I found strength in the personal stories of other artists, and decided to work directly with my headache, and subsequently co-creating visualisations of the pain of others.

This is the culmination of the journey I inhabit; in my current work, I shed that story of struggle. Currently, I am working on a body of work that is abstractions of lived life. I translate daily movements and exercises into material. The struggle is no longer visible in the final work as a didactic tale of hardship, but rather it becomes a tool in the process of creating abstractions that speaks openly about the body and its functions. The process of the work is a direct interaction with the emergent realities of daily life; the work becomes a visualisation that is inseparably bound up with the real without resembling it.

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Education

I am currently working and living in London, UK, where I study at Royal College of Art - MA Contemporary Art Practice - Public Sphere.

I am educated from Funen Art Academy in 2010-2016. I was a member of the school board in 2015-2016.

My graduation project (I) was a participatory art process of co-creation where I photographed people with chronic pain in their own environment. The portraits were printed on silk in scale 1:1. The portrayed persons then painted a representation of their pain on their own portrait. The work also includes process videos by professional film photographers; Engsig Productions and INcaseOf, and a workshop where audience at the exhibition can try exercises from the project.

Ongoing - exhibition and curation

In 2019-2020, I am exhibiting the piece Release - Grid at the exhibition The Language Hospital at Sorø Art Museum, Denmark. The exhibition is up until late January 2020. The exhibition examines what language does to the body through a meeting between art, poetry, hospital equipment and the museum collection; how illness is articulated, how diagnoses are established and how normality is defined. The exhibition will later travel to be shown at Medical Museum in Copenhagen.

Release has been shown in different constellations throughout 2019; at at Copenhagen Art Week, at The Final Exhibition, Kuldiga Art Hall in Latvia, BKF in Copenhagen, and in the publication Der Grief Guest-Room curated by Dominic Bell, Germany.

I am co-curating the exhibition Lights, Camera, Reaction! At C4 Project Space in late 2020, a group exhibition that is the last of a series of exhibitions curated for c4 projects, all themed around intimacy and the private. I will be curating together with Rikke Ehlers, Stine Gro and Karin Hald, and we will be making a publication with the publishing house Gestus. We have invited artists Yazan Khalili (PL), Marijn Kuijper (NL), Diana Lindbjerg (NO) and Ebbe Stub Wittrup to take part in the exhibition.

Previous

In 2018 I exhibited at the Psychiatric Museum in Middelfart with the project ’Headscapes’, a body of work made in co-creation with people who all have experiences with mental illness. The people in the project paint a free representation of their mind on lenticular portraits, where the painting of the mind shifts between being in and out of focus. The piece was accompanied by a workshop where participants could visualise how they felt.

I contributed to the May publication of ’The Year’, a photographic portrait series of Copenhagen published by Blankt Papir. Every month of 2018, Copenhagen was portrayed by a handful of photographers and the images were collected in a photobook portraying that month. By the end of the year there was a collection of 12 books showing the passage of time in Copenhagen. The books can be seen and bought at Fotografisk Center, Bladr, Butikken and NW Gallery

Prizes and grants

I am grateful for the support I have received in 2019 from the Danish Arts Foundation, Beckett Foundation, Merchant L.F. Foght’s Foundation, Augustinus Foundation, Knud Højgaard’s Foundation, and William Demant Foundation.

In 2017 I was selected for Sven Dalsgaards Grant for young experimental artists.

In 2016 I received the 15th of June Foundations Honorary Prize for the project which was judged one of the three best graduation projects from the Danish art academies in 2016. I continue to work with chronic pain and the methods from the production of (I) have been further developed to include a workshop in pain management which is offered to hospitals and municipalities in parallel with my own artistic production.

Education

2019–21

2010–16

Internships, residencies, summer schools, etc.

2018-19

2017

2016

2015

2013-15

2012

2009–10

2008–09

Prizes and awards

2017

2016

2009

Censored exhibitions

2017

2016

2015

2013

  • Nordjysk Censureret 2013, Dronninglund Art Centre, DK

2011

  • Nordjysk Censureret 2011, Dronninglund Art Centre, DK

2009

  • Nordjysk Censureret 2009, Dronninglund Art Centre, DK
  • Student Exhibition, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, AU
  • Pinhole Photography, 6Sixty9Nine Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne, AU

Solo and duo exhibitions

2018

2017

2014

Other exhibitions

2019

2017

2016

2015

2014

  • Art Cinema 3, Habitat, Lahnsgade 48, Odense, DK
  • Habitat Art Café 4 (performance), Habitat, Lahnsgade 48, Odense, DK
  • Habitat Art Café 3 (exhibition), Habitat, Lahnsgade 48, Odense, DK
  • Art Cinema 1, Habitat, Lahnsgade 48, Odense, DK
  • Habitat Art Café 2 (poetry), Habitat, Lahnsgade 48, Odense, DK

2013

2012

  • Fototrienale.dk - The Good Life, Your Way Travels, Brandts, Odense, DK
  • School Show 2nd edition, Pantheonsgade 2-4, Odense, DK
  • 1 Minute – A Matter of Time, FAA Project Room, Funen Art Academy, DK

2011

  • The Concerned Photographer, Day of Photography, the Museum of Photographic Art, Brandts, DK
  • 1st Annual School Show 2011, Pantheonsgade 2-4, Odense, DK

Publications

2019

2018

The Year, May, a photographic portrait series of Copenhagen published by Blankt Papir

2016

2015

  • Camera Obscura Workshop Latvia ISSP 1-10th Aug 2015, published by Takashi Homma, Japan
  • More Than Enough, self-published zine in collaboration with Zoe Kreye, Catherine Grau, Cimmaron Knight, Bogdan Cheta og Luke Parnell, Canada
  • Production><Publication, unique publication, Habitat, ISBN 978-87-998123-0-1, DK

2014

Board and other positions

2015–16

2015

  • Co-founder of the publishing house Habitat

2013

Grants

2019

2017

2016–17

2016

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