Born 1968, Sydney, Australia
The visceral charge emanating from Kathy Temin's impossible objects is not simply the consequence of their calculated absurdity. Where Wittgenstein's celebrated either/or image of a duck/rabbit succinctly illustrated our perceptual inability to entertain dual concepts and images simultaneously, Temin's "duck, rabbit and corner problems" overload us with a wilful excess of anarchic reference, plundered openly from the chapter and verse of modernism.
Yet, these stitched, stuffed, sprayed, housed and packaged objects transcend their diminished signifiers and are liberated, wise things, suffused with their author's overarching creativity. More visibly of late, they also reflect a determination to witness her own Jewish history – as daughter of a holocaust survivor and tailor.
Ross Wolfe from the 1996 Samstag catalogue, Samstag's Class of '96
1996 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
1996 Associate Research Program, Goldsmiths College, University of London United Kingdom
1993 Master of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia
1989 Bachelor of Arts, Victoria College, Prahran, Melbourne, Australia